Gordon Creates Art Concepts for the CIA at Copia
We are very honored to share with you that Gordon has been invited to create significant sculpture installations for the new CIA (the Culinary Institute of America) campus at the former Copia in Napa, California. One of these art installations is a tribute to Robert and Margrit Mondavi.
One concept, ‘Fork’, still a working title, is primarily inspired by the culinary arts. Gordon created larger than life utensils as a metaphor and to underline the significance of the culinary arts and well-established food culture in the Napa Valley. His contemporary approach for these pieces represents the Valley’s forward thinking attitude. Using recycled forks to build its oversized fellow also emphasizes the region’s focus on sustainability, locally farmed produce and responsibility for future generations. ‘Fork’ also functions as a way-finding element, ‘a fork in the road,' leading visitors to the entrance of the CIA restaurant.
The installation welcomes locals and visitors alike, inspiring and sparking curiosity for this world-renowned culinary education institution, as well as this region and its culture.
Another concept, ‘Is that Bob & Margrit’, is a tribute to the legacy of Margrit and Robert Mondavi. Robert and Margrit, "Grande Dame" of Napa Valley, and artist Gordon Huether met some twenty years ago and have celebrated a kinship unlike many others.
The Mondavis founded and funded Copia (operational from 2001 - 2008), the center for wine, food and the arts, an educational non-profit institution, which now houses the new CIA’s classrooms, a restaurant, and much more.
Margrit and Gordon shared an international background as well as a sound focus on cultural education and the consciousness of art. The Mondavis, together with Gordon Huether, have been collaborating ever since to help make Napa Valley not only a renowned wine destination, but also one for an intriguing offering of arts and culture. Margrit outlived her husband and continued to realize this mission with tireless dedication until her recent passing on September 2nd. 2016.
In light of this extraordinary development and bond, it only seemed fitting for Gordon to create artwork, which commemorates these outstanding Napa Valley personalities, without whom, the cultural landscape of this region would not be what it is today.
The installation ‘Is that Bob & Margrit’ is befittingly placed atop the former Copia building’s tower, as though the iconic couple is watching over the Valley’s good fortune, while tipping their wine glasses as a toast to the Valley. The figures will be approximately eight feet tall and will be made of high density foam. The art installation is a tribute to the achievements of the Mondavis, and furthermore, it is a welcoming gesture to locals and visitors, but especially to all of those individuals who strive to contribute to the continued growth and forward movement of this unrivaled destination for food, wine and the arts. The installation is anticipated for February 2017.