Robin Antar Featured in Crain's New York
Gotham Gigs: Carving out a niche
By Miriam Kreinin Souccar July 10, 2011 5:59 a.m.
Brooklyn sculptor Robin Antar has been working for years on turning a gigantic marble slab into a replica of a bag of potato chips.
For 10 years, Brooklyn sculptor Robin Antar has risen each morning and headed to her garage, where she's turning a 6,000-pound marble slab into a giant replica of a bag of potato chips. To work on different sides of the sculpture, she has to rent a crane to move it.
Now that she's nearly finished, Ms. Antar has been calling chip company execs to see if they want to buy the piece. If someone does, she'll add the appropriate brand.
The 53-year-old artist has sculpted a host of consumer products. Her works, priced at $5,000 to $126,000, include a life-size Dr. Martens boot, a York Peppermint Pattie and an 800-pound “bag” of M&M's.
An art teacher and abstract sculptor since 1978, Ms. Antar started creating product replicas after Sept. 11.
“Everyone was doing things like Twin Towers and flags, and I said: 'What can I do to represent America? What is America?' “ Ms. Antar asked. “It's junk food.”
The artist, who raised three boys while frequently staying up all night to sculpt, says that by capturing everyday items in stone, she is creating a record of contemporary culture.
“Two thousand years from now, there's not going to be Reese's Peanut Butter Cups,” she said.
A version of this article appeared in the July 11, 2011 print issue of Crain's New York Business.
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