Born in Los Angeles to Japanese immigrant and an American woman, Noguchi was brought up in Japan and moved to the United States when he was fourteen. In his life and his art, the sculptur Noguchi managed to blend the cultures of two worlds. As a youth he worked as an apprentice under Gutzon Borglum (author of the portraits of the American Presidents sculpted into Mount Rushmore, South Dakota) and then in Paris under Constantin Brancusi. Noguchi worked a wide range of materials such as bronze, marble, wood, granite, paper, bone, and wire. In additional to his sculptural works, he created gardens, squares, monuments, fountains and also set designs for masters of contemporary dance.