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About the Artist
Simon Toparovsky

Simon Toparovsky studied at Philadelphia's Temple University, Berkeley's University of California and Oakland's California College of Arts and Crafts. He has taught at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Otis College of Art and Design. His art has been exhibited internationally and purchased for important collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 1998, he was commissioned to create the life size bronze crucifix for the main altar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels which was consecrated in September 2002.


The sculpture was presented to the USC School of Medicine in 1995 by friends, colleagues and family of Peter V. Lee, M.D. The gift recognized Dr. Lee’s 40 years of distinquished service to the school, during which time he served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, Professor of Family medicine, Medicine, and Pharmacology, and as Associate Dean. Icarus Flying is installed in the atrium of the Norris Medical Library.

 


Icarus Flying
Cast Iron, approx. 6'X7'


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