By Herald de Paris Contributor's Bureau on August 17, 2013
By A Wilding
LOS ANGELES (Herald de Paris) — ¬†ROBERT TOLL is in demand.Robert Toll has been working in welded steel for the past 35 years. A Culver City, Los Angeles-based sculptor, Tolls’ work can be seen in the home of esteemed private collectors, corporations, movies, public artworks outside banks and schools, and art in public spaces such as Palm Springs. ¬†For two decades, Toll has focused on the virtually full sized abstract form using his signature tool, steel, or to be more precise – found metal. Toll’s highly emotive and mathematically engineered works of steel figures capture the imagination. The works are incredible. In spite of a complete absence of facial attributes such as lips, eyes and nose, the steel figures evoke such strong feelings of emotion, with such veracity that it shows a rare talent and skill few sculptors can match.
Rob is known for his representational works,however, he has created many abstract, conceptual, functional, and kinetic sculptures.
His focus currently is on kinetic sculptures. Rob said that the, ‚ÄúComplexity of the pieces, while remaining aesthetically graceful and minimal, is a dichotomy that continues to intrigue.‚ÄĚ
Robert Toll’s figurative sculpture, Higher Ground, is a noticeable feature of the H.E.L.P. Group’s property on Washington Boulevard in Culver City. The Help Group‚Äôs schools serve the lives of special needs children, helping them to reach their full potential and to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives .The sculpture comprises two androgynous children sitting on the steps of a wall. One figure reads and the other writes in a notebook. Both figures have the appearance of motion. Rob Toll is in the middle of completing a newly commissioned work for the Help School entitled The Doors, to be located on the exterior of the building. Toll said, “I wanted the art to relate to a school, so I will use bright colors on perforated panels to bring back memories of childhood and colored building blocks. The sculpture becomes fun and playful while informing on a conceptual level. Public visibility and the creation of an interesting and aesthetic piece of artwork were also major considerations.‚ÄĚ
These two pieces are one of several public art works Rob has completed throughout the years.
I asked Rob what it meant to him being an artist. He said, “Having the ability to create a physical structure from ideas that are in my head.” It’s a lucky and great ability to have, and perhaps, the luck is in the fact that he was lucky enough to open his mind enough to discover his ability, allowing him to share his talent and make a living at it.
To learn more of Robert Toll and his sculptors please visit roberttoll.com