MUD WORKS: Ron Kane sculpts in the live-work space he owns in Candler. Photo by Sarah Whelan

Sculptor Ron Kane, from apprentice­ships to “Gates of Paradise”

Ron Kane worked as a carpenter on more than 38 movie sets and for four years apprenticed to Egyptian King Faruq’s sculptor Mustaf Naguib, but his career came to a sudden halt when he injured his spine on the set of Road to Perdition. Kane has since settled in a Candler-based warehouse-turned-living space where he crafts wooden artwork for customers. He has also created The Next Step for Humanity — the first of a 50-sculpture series called “Gates of Paradise” — and practices a low-key lifestyle he discovered through Sufism.

Illustration courtesy of Joshua Warren

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