The work is unmistakably that of Ante Marinovic: renowned sculptor, philosopher, Renaissance man of the old world.
Of all the artists and artisans we spoke with, Marinovic
is truly the most closely associated with the notion of "artist" - although he
stubbornly refuses to call himself one."It is the highest responsibility," he
said.Nuance aside, he
is indeed an "artist" in the tradition of Michelangelo, schooled in both theory and technique, master of many artistic disciplines, and firmly entrenched in philosophy and mythology.
To describe his
work is impossible without describing the man; they are one.Art does not support his
life supports his
projects range from the Denver Broncos stadium - where a shoulder pad, a football cleat, and various other items the size of an SUV poke out of the ground as though dropped there carelessly by giants - to the statuette for a Hollywood awards program, to our San Diego trolley station on Park and Market, to a water fountain complete with Greco-Roman statues and Latin phrases in a private residence.He
has never needed to advertise his
clients find him.
In sculpture, he
works with all manner of mediums - granite, stone, marble - and sees himself as a partner with the stone rather than as a creator of an image."To open the character of a material is very noble," he
explained."With granite, he
is eternal - when you polish his
surface, what you see now is what you will see in 5,000 years.With stone, ehh, you can do with him what you want."In addition to his work, Marinovic also teaches sculpting courses at Stone Sculpture Supplies, a stone and tool vendor and outdoor studio in rural Escondido.
We are fortunate to have [Marinovic] here in San Diego."
Like many projects, the trolley station at Park and Market was a collaboration of talent.The Center City Development Corporation
(CCDC) began with a vision of an artistic yet functional design that would comply with the requirements of the Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB).Marinovic, attending a symposium on an island in Croatia at the time, communicated with architect Peter Perisic of Perisic Design Studio via a friend's fax machine as the two developed the final design.
and Perisic often worked overnight, so as not to disrupt the trolley schedule.
If space permits, Marinovic
works from his
"church and kitchen" - his
studio on 8th Avenue in the ballpark district, in one of the last remaining live-work artisan lofts.He
gathers aesthetics around him as inspiration, drinking wine while sketching the god Bacchus, for example.Other inspiration he
draws from clients - their personalities, their mannerisms, even how they breathe."They will be there [with the piece] everyday," he
said."It must fit with them.I am just some person who has come to say hello."Name: Ante Marinovic
attended the School of Applied Arts, Croatia; the Academy of Fine Arts, Yugoslavia; and specialized in marble sculpting at Asmaze
, an international institute in Verona, Italy.