Wood River Valley artist Robert Kantor recently donated a metal sculpture to the Napa Valley Vinters Community Health Center. The painted steel mobile was created with colors of the rainbow and geometrical shapes.
Called “God’s Promise,” it’s over 8 feet high and spans 19 feet. Kantor was a graduate fellow at New York University in l964, where he studied the works of Alexander Calder as well as other modern masters.
“I was very influenced by Alexander Calder and studied him extensively,” Kantor said. “He was a master of moving beautiful forms through space. They’re playful and inspiring and a lot to do with the world, how we float in balance. Mobiles have beautiful parts that always come back to the same place after a series of extraordinary random movements.”
His art is created at his welding shop in Shoshone with his primary welder, Mary Garrett. Represented by the Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, Kantor is also affiliated With the I. Wolk Gallery in St. Helena, Calif., and RVS Fine Arts Gallery in Southampton, N.Y. His sculptures can be found in several public and private collections in Sun Valley, Idaho, Chicago, Illinois and Denver, Colorado. Two of his large mobile sculptures also graced open space, which he owns, along Highway 75.
Oct. 13, 2004
By DANA DUGAN
Idaho Mountain Express