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About Paul

I like making things. In the process of making them, my mind is free to wander ... sort of like daydreaming. PAUL DANIEL, an artist noted for kinetic outdoor sculpture, has received several major commissions in the region. His sculptures address facets of nature... more

Manolis

This kinetic sculpture was an investigation to test two kinds of movement: one is the disks spinning in opposite directions on the same axle, the other is the column spinning both above and below the horizontal support arm.

The first 2 images and 2 videos are on site at Cylburn Arboretum, where located high on a hill, Manoils captured the strongest winds it has ever seen. If you look at the videos you will see the wind at its strongest (not sped up). I replaced the two orange disks with a stronger aluminum alloy than was previously there to withstand the heaviest winds. I use these sculptures to explore the effect of wind upon their elements and see the spectacular display of what happens. Often I design and fabricate these pieces without the assistance of a grant or purchase. These artistic investigations are funded by my day job.

Banky's poster says it all.

The final 4 images show Manolis on a new site, on loan to Peggy Fox & Arthur Houghton.

Tattletoo

Tattletoo was installed on loan at the Mattin Center, Johns Hopkins University

The strobing sunlight passing over the office of a theater administrator at Hopkins unnerved him to such an extent that he went to the Dean wanting the removal of my sculpture. The Dean then asked me to remove the piece. Working in the real world has its challenges. Not everyone has my vision and realizes the joy of sunlight passing into their office documenting the wind, weather and rotation of the earth.

This project also shows earlier images of Tattletoo.

Presently this sculpture is in a private collection.

Chase Pier Model

Chase Pier Model 2012

This model has been developed as part of a project with Biohabitats, conservation planners. The combined project of science and art is dedicated to developing a device that filters bay water using the natural resources of wind and plants. I have designed a wind powered kinetic sculpture that raises water to assist in turning Chase Pier in Baltimore harbor into a functioning wetland.

In the completed full-scale sculpture, spiral pumps will rotate on each side of the pier bringing water to the deck where it will flow into wetland plant beds 300 feet long.

How much water will the sculpture raise? At low tide every revolution of the sail elements raises 168 gallons of bay H2O. At high tide the amount of water doubles!

Chase Pier Model is 1” =1’ scale, 84” wide

  • Chase Pier Model

    I have designed a wind powered kinetic sculpture concept that raises water to assist in turning Chase Pier in Baltimore harbor into a functioning wetland. 41.5" x 84" x 84" Aluminum, brass, Tyvek, water, plastic tube
  • Video of Chase Pier model in action

    I have designed a wind powered kinetic sculpture concept that raises water to assist in turning Chase Pier in Baltimore harbor into a functioning wetland. 41.5" x 84" x 84" Aluminum, brass, Tyvek, water, plastic tube
  • Detail - Chase pier Model

    Detail of a wind powered kinetic sculpture concept that raises water to assist in turning Chase Pier in Baltimore harbor into a functioning wetland. Aluminum, brass, water, plastic tube
  • Medusa (Chase Pier

    Painting and drawing help me to work out sculpture fabrication issues. 2012 Acrylic, Paper 34.5" h x 41"
  • Site Concept by Biohabitats

    Inclusion of my kinetic sculpture concept in the overall plan for Chase Pier.
  • Site Concept by Biohabitats

    Inclusion of my kinetic sculpture concept in the overall plan for Chase Pier.
  • Concept on site by Biohabitats

    Inclusion of my kinetic sculpture concept in the overall plan for Chase Pier.
  • Site Concept by Biohabitats

    Inclusion of my kinetic sculpture concept in the overall plan for Chase Pier.

Outdoor Kinetic Sculptures

"I started doing kinetic pieces in undergraduate school at the Kansas City Art Institute. The Institute stressed doing outdoor work because it was the Midwest and they had all this outdoor space but no gallery space. I'd make something inside and it would look really huge. I'd take it outdoors and all of a sudden it would be just tiny. I wanted things to be bigger so they could be seen from far awayâ?¦ and I wondered what they looked like from the other sideâ?¦so I thought what if it turned and it could move for you?

When I moved to my present studio in Baltimore and saw that in the afternoon the sun came beaming in and the buildings around me were all in shadow, I started using mirrors in my sculpture because I wanted to see sunlight strobe across the surface of those dark buildingsâ?¦It was another way of affecting my environment, making kinetic things do more than move in front of me, but really broadcast their motion over a much larger environment. That was the awakening of an idea for me.

It is my hope that viewers share in my curiosity about the wind and light phenomena.

Sculptures that transfer motion

In these tabletop sculptures certain elements respond to wind or touch. Those parts in turn cause other components of the sculptures to move faster.

By expanding my vocabulary of materials to include paper and Tyvek in addition to metals, I can enlarge parts that catch the wind and these result in more visually and physically dynamic sculptures.The videos of Astrea and Genie show this process which I find intriguing.

Paintings

I develop paintings in conjunction with fabricating my sculpture.
Early on in the paintings a historical image becomes the basis or foundation for adding elements needed to build my sculpture. Materials used ar collage, painting, drawing and stenciling.
These works provide me with a clarity of ideas and a blueprint for fabrication while offering flights of fancy.

Kinetic Sculptures -models and tabletop sculptures

This project shows a number of tabletop sculptures. These sculptures are made to investigate movement, structure, shape and design. Some become studies for larger scale sculptures, for example Kiko 4 evolved and became the outdoor piece titled Flirting with Memory.

Kiko-Cy located on the median strip on St Paul Street was developed from a piece in this series titled Kiko 3. Others offer the opportunity to explore shape and movement.

  • Kiko 1

    2007 brass 34" x 24" x 24"
  • Kiko 2

    2007 brass 37" x 19.5" x 19.5"
  • Kiko 3

    2007 brass 25.5" x 21" x 21"
  • Kiko 4

    2007 brass 28" x 15" x 13.5"
  • Kiko Redux

    2008 brass 13" x 11" x11"
  • Walker

    2011 Brass 19” X 15” X 9.5”
  • Sterope

    2008 brass, aluminum 12" x9" x9'
  • Window

    2012 brass, aluminum, Tyvek 31.75" x 36" x 36"
  • Maggie

    2012 brass, aluminum, magnets 15.25" x 10.5" x 6
  • Drum

    2012 Brass, Aluminum 14.5 x 10.5 X 7.75

Column Generator in Progress

Column Generator (working title) Is a sculpture that is part of an ongoing project to develop a vertical wind generator. The idea is to use the generator to power a water raising sculpture. This relates to the Chase Pier model, a sculpture designed to raise water from the Baltimore Harbor and feed wetland plants. They, in turn, filter the bay water.

Kiko-Cy and Flirting with Memory

Kiko-Cy
A kinetic sculpture installed for Artscape 2007 and on loan presently to BOPA. it is located on the St Paul median strip in front of the Tremont Hotel and Mercy Hospital.

Flirting with Memory 2009
On view at Johns Hopkins Bay View Medical Center

  • Waiting for Visitors (Kiko-Cy)

    Painting and drawing help me work out sculpture fabrication issues. 2007 wax crayon, acrylic, paste 25.5" h x 24" w
  • Kiko-Cy

    Video showing movement of sculpture elements. A kinetic sculpture installed for Artscape 2007 and on loan presently to BOPA. it is located on the St Paul median strip in front of the Tremont Hotel and Mercy Hospital. 2007 steel, aluminum 24' x 20' x 20'
  • Kiko-Cy

    A kinetic sculpture installed for Artscape 2007 and on loan presently to BOPA. it is located on the St Paul median strip in front of the Tremont Hotel and Mercy Hospital. 2007 steel, aluminum 24' x 20' x 20'
  • Kiko-Cy

    A kinetic sculpture installed for Artscape 2007 and on loan presently to BOPA. it is located on the St Paul median strip in front of the Tremont Hotel and Mercy Hospital. 2007 steel, aluminum 24' x 20' x 20'
  • Kiko-Cy

    Pin hole camera version by Alan Partlow of Kiko-Cy sculpture. A kinetic sculpture installed for Artscape 2007 and on loan presently to BOPA. it is located on the St Paul median strip in front of the Tremont Hotel and Mercy Hospital.
  • Flirting with Memory

    2009 Steel and Aluminum 24' X 14' x 14' On loan to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • 03-flirting-with-memory.jpg

    On loan to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Flirting with Memory

    2009 Steel, aluminum 24' x 14' x 14' On loan to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Mounting of Museum Objects

Objects from The Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of art and the Smithsonian Museum of American Indian

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