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Student Feature: Dave Laubenthal

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After studying architecture and sculpture at Arizona State University, Dave Laubenthal worked for Michael Curry Design, managing the sculpture department for 8 years. Dave still collaborates with MCD occasionally on commissioned projects, with highlights including masks and puppets for Broadway’s Lion King, Cirque du Soleil, and the Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dave has been operating his own company, DJL Studio since 2001, specializing in custom design and fabrication in wood and steel. Objects include furniture, lighting and fixturing. He has shown sculpture and encaustic paintings in various group and solo shows in Portland and in Phoenix, Arizona.

Most recently Dave has worked on a large project for Brooks shoes, for which he co-designed and fabricated kits for the international rollout of their new Pure line. This project has also led to further opportunities to create similar work for Mountain Hardware. Currently Dave is working on two separate public art commissions for the city of Portland. One is an ongoing sculpture installation at the Burnside Couplet (MLK and Burnside) as part of the design collective, LODGE. The second project is a sculpture piece he is working on with mosaic artist, Ruth Frances Greenberg, which will be installed in NE Alberta.

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