Dore Capitani — industrial mechanic turned artist

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Metal artist Dore Capitani created the Mountain Art Garden located at 28815 Highway 243. It features a display of Capitani’s metal art. Visitors are invited to browse the 8-acre garden and galleries located on the property.           Photo by Jay Pentrack

Metal artist Dore Capitani created the Mountain Art Garden located at 28815 Highway 243. It features a display of Capitani’s metal art. Visitors are invited to browse the 8-acre garden and galleries located on the property. Photo by Jay Pentrack

Dore Capitani has a wonderful sense of humor that is no more evident than in his “OUCH!” sculpture, complete with a crashed motorcycle as part of the piece, located in front of his property along Highway 243 between Idyllwild and Mountain Center. The installation is among the most recognizable, and likely the most viewed on the Hill.

“I put it there for grins,” said Capitani. “Had I been thinking I would have had a motor on the wheel so the wheel would still be turning but I didn’t think of it until after it was up.”

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