In September of 2009, I composed and produced the score for Will Zavala’s short documentary Virgil Cantini: The Artist in Public. The film is one of four documentaries commissioned by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and funded by the Heinz Endowments and premiered at PCA on September 25, 2009.
Virgil Cantini worked primarily in metal and ceramic and created many pieces of public art including the sculptures on Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health (Man), in front of Pitt’s School of Law (Ode to Space), in Penn Circle behind East Liberty Presbyterian (Joy of Life), and many more. Cantini founded Pitt’s Department of Studio Arts. He passed away in May of 2009.
It’s been a real privilege to reflect on the art he created through some of my own art. You know you are a Pittsburgher when you are working on a film by a Pittsburgh filmmaker about a Pittsburgh artist and the film includes clips of Mr. Rogers And King Friday!