Chris Bogia, "Candle" (2022) Painted aluminum. 14’ h. - CODAworx

Chris Bogia, “Candle” (2022) Painted aluminum. 14’ h.

Submitted by Versteeg Art Fabricators LLC

Client: Artist Chris Bogia and Lighthouse Works of Fisher's Island

Location: Fishers Island, NY, United States

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $25,000

Project Team


Chris Bogia

Lead Fabricator

Christopher DuBour

Versteeg Art Fabricators LLC

Project Coordinator

Emily Versteeg

Versteeg Art Fabricators LLC

Draftsman and Layout

Siebren Versteeg

Versteeg Art Fabricators LLC


Commissioned by Lighthouse Works on Fisher’s Island.

Fabrication and electrical by Versteeg Art Fabricators LLC.

When I began to think about making a sculpture for Fishers Island, I started with a question: How can I create something visually generous and fun that responds to the customs, landscape, and architecture of this unique community while simultaneously honoring Lighthouse Work’s significant 10-year milestone as a local cultural institution?

“I want to thank Lighthouse Works, the Fishers Island Community, and the talented folks at Versteeg Art Fabricators for helping realize Candle. Seeing the sculpture fully realized has been an incredible gift to me and my work, and I hope the community finds much joy in it during the 2022 season. Cheers to all!”
Chris Bogia, June 2022


"When I think of mid-Atlantic summer communities like Fishers Island, The Cape of Massachusetts, and Fire Island I think about homes clad in shingles and shutters devoted to the pursuit of leisure with family and friends. A classic shutter motif I love are the kinds with cut-out silhouettes of moons, diamonds, and even candles where function is unapologetically abandoned in favor of ornamental pleasure. The design for Candle emerged from researching these motifs. The sculpture’s form is a dramatically scaled-up replica of an existing shutter design found in my research extruded from 2D to 3D. I chose a palette that invoked seaside confectionaries, clear blue skies, and the faded colors of comfy well-loved beachwear. Visually Candle gently stands out from the natural landscape but pops with optimism and joy to complement the relaxation and revelry found on the island during its peak season. A candle is a timeless domestic instrument – a way to know what is real when the nearby world is obscured by darkness. A lighthouse functions like this too – which is why I decided to make the sculpture, positioned on the water, illuminate at night like a beacon." -Bogia


Artist Chris Bogia collaborated with Versteeg Art Fabricators LLC (VAF) to achieve his vision of a 14ft "Candle," flame illuminated, perched on the rocks as ferries pull into Fisher's Island. VAF fabricated the piece in aluminum, painted it with Axalta Imron 3.5+ HG, and wired a massive outdoor LED light fixture. The sculpture was installed by VAF on Fisher's Island in Summer 2022.