Port Washington News: DeafBlind Artist From Helen Keller Services Visits Students At Weber Middle School
DeafBlind artist Tony Giordano got the opportunity to demonstrate how to assemble a copper sculpture to students at Weber Middle School. Learn about Tony's background and about how he is moving forward through art.
By Port News Staff | February 16, 2023
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Anthony (Tony) Giordano, a DeafBlind artist from Helen Keller Services, visited students at Weber Middle School in Port Washington this week to demonstrate how he creates his unique industrial copper sculptures.
Ms. Sweet and Ms. Gober’s core extension 8th grade class sat silently watching Tony assemble a version of his now-famous “I Love You” sculpture, made of 1-inch copper tubing. The original sculpture recently sold at a Southampton art gallery for $1,000.
“This was an amazing and unique experience for our students to see the abilities and artistic passion of someone who is DeafBlind,” said Ms. Gober. “We learned about the challenges Tony faced after losing his vision only four years ago. We were captivated by Tony and his artwork and how genuinely he presented his passion.”
The school visit was made possible by the Port Washington Ed Foundation, which has funded American Sign Language opportunities in Weber Middle School.
“I enjoyed using my art to connect with the students in the classroom,” said Tony. “Now they know just because someone has lost their vision or their hearing doesn’t make them less capable of expression through art or any other medium.”
After the presentation, students asked questions, such as “Do you dream?” “How do you know when it’s time to wake up?” and “What was your favorite sports team?” He also communicated to the students, via tactile sign language through interpreter Ilissa Sternlicht, with stories of his life before his vision loss, and being a member of the Deaf Surfing Club and visiting all these surf towns in places in California, Hawaii, Australia and Japan. At the close of the program, students lined up to shake his hand and fingerspell their name into the palm of his hand.
Tony was born in Brooklyn, NY and made a career as a trained auto mechanic, working for nearly 30 years in a variety of autobody shops on luxury car types including Tesla, Mercedes Benz, Land Rover, Porsche and Ferrari. He holds 12 certifications in welding.