Cucurbita, 2013 • 427 Main Street
Peter is a sculptor, building and furniture designer and painter. His artistic roots are based on his immersion in the San Francisco Beatnik art, film and poet milieu in the 50’s and in the New York art scene from the 50’s, the 10th Street artist co-op galleries and the Cedar Bar; through the Soho and Lower East Side second generation New York School and Pop Art galleries era in the 60’s and 70’s. His technical artistic skills were honed by a parallel career first as a carpenter and construction manager involved with renovating and restoring landmark buildings in New York City and then as a software engineer consulting to Fortune 100 corporations in the US and Europe. His most recent work is a merger of his artistic, construction and software background with the latest advanced CNC and CAD technologies.
“The sculpture Cucurbita was commissioned for an outdoor art show in conjunction with the 2013 Blaze children’s Halloween October event at Van Cortlandt Manor. The geometric anthropomorphic design of Cucurbita, latin for pumpkin, is inspired by the shapes of, and incorporated in, pumpkin Jack O’Lanterns and was designed to be rotated by hand (this current installation is fixed). The design was developed in Rhino, a CAD program, and the shapes were fabricated with a CNC router.” PS