Laguna Beach will be the first Orange County city to get a glimpse of a rare collection of works by Auguste Rodin.
The exhibition opening Monday at the Laguna College of Art & Design celebrates the school's 50th year. Works are from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection, the world's largest private collection of Rodin works.
The French sculptor is most widely known for "The Thinker" and "The Kiss."
"He's considered one of the greatest sculptors since Michelangelo," LCAD President Jonathan Burke said.
LCAD is showing two groups from the collection, "Figures" and "The Lost Wax Casting Process." The former is a group of 13 bronze figures; the latter, a 10-piece display showing the process of creating the sculpture "Sorrow" from clay to bronze. The final sculpture will be there as well.
"The actual sculpting of the figure is only one quarter of the process," he said.
The pieces allow the public to see the complicated sculpting process.