Tom Van Sant, M.F.A. is a sculptor, painter, and conceptual artist.
In fifty years of professional work he has executed over sixty major sculpture and mural commissions for public spaces around the world. These include the international airports of Honolulu, Taipei and Los Angeles, the civic centers of Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Inglewood, and corporate centers in Taiwan, Manila, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Honolulu and San Francisco.
Van Sant has had fifteen one-person exhibits in the United States, Europe and Australia. His art is represented in public and private collections throughout the world.
Van Sant's professional skills and intellectual interests range to architectural design, city planning, art education and advanced technical invention.
Van Sant is known for his design of large scale kites. His flying Sculptures have been flown and exhibited at a dozen museums in the United States and Europe. He was the first to use the modern materials of fiberglass tube and nylon fabric in kite construction. As such, he is known in the kite world as the father of modern kite making.
"Jacob's Ladder" was first exhibited in 1976 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. It consists of 200 segments, lifts up to 2000 pounds, measures 1/4 of a mile in length, and can be climbed by a person into the sky.
Mr. Van Sant is not affiliated with the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry - the video is hosted, with permission, on behalf of the artist.