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San Diego Artist Documents His Journey In Life And Stone

Photo credit: Chad Thompson

This undated photograph is of one of the more that 100 round stone carvings embedded in the sidewalk along University Avenue in Hillcrest by San Diego artist Doron Rosenthal.

San Diego Artist Documents His Journey In Life And Stone


Doron Rosenthal, author, "36 Years In Stone and San Diego"


Book Event

When: Sunday, September 4 at 4 p.m.

Where: San Diego downtown Central Library

Cost: Free

Faced with a cancer diagnosis and three months to live, San Diego artist Doron Rosenthal decided to write a book.

Nearly 10 years later, Rosenthal said he's healthy and his newly published book, "36 Years In Stone and San Diego," can be a road map for artists in San Diego.

Rosenthal's own road map to becoming an artist includes his experience with rejection. He published copies of one rejection letter from the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego in the book and said rejection only propelled him.

"Public art, they said no, you can't do that, you're never going to do that," he said. "I put together a proposal - that's in the book word-for-word - I gave it to the City of San Diego, they accepted it, and my public art has been in the street for the past 18 years. That's the fossils in Hillcrest."

Rosenthal's "Fossils Exposed" are carved from discarded pieces of headstone he says he found in a dumpster. The more than 100 round stone carvings, which are embedded in the pavement along University Avenue between Fourth Avenue and Park Boulevard in Hillcrest, include images of bees and bones, fish and bugs, mollusks and plants.

Rosenthal will discuss working as an artist in San Diego Thursday on Midday Edition.


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