For the Sculpture Symposium in Ashdod Yaël Artsi created the huge monumental sculpture "Sea Gate" which is situated at the centre of the beautiful and popular Beach Promenade of the city of Ashdod.
In one of her catalogues Yaël explains what inspires her when working together with other sculptors on a project as follows:
"... The artist usually works alone in the studio and his only dialogue during the process of creation is with the stone he is working on. Working alongside other sculptors is a unique opportunity for the artist to exchange ideas, knowledge, techniques etc. It also endorses the sculptor with energy and stamina that he would never have had alone in the studio and helps overcoming the hard moments that are part of the creation process.
The ongoing relationship with the citizens of the city is another source of inspiration to the artist. This involvement with local passers-by poses a challenge and strengthens the artists commitment to complete the project by the end of the symposium in spite of the short time and the difficulties on site. It becomes a mission and the sculptor is endorsed with the power to accomplish it."
"I personally see the symposium as an energizing refreshing and inspiring opportunity for each participant and I believe this is the reason that artists are eager to take part in such events."