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Artwork of Harry McDaniel

You will find a diverse range of artwork here; from abstract, decorative sculptures and mobiles to figurative pieces and anthropological reflections on American culture. In recent years, my primary focus has been outdoor sculptures in aluminum, steel, and reinforced cement.  Some of those have been wind-driven kinetic pieces.  Many of my larger works have been commissioned as public art projects.

If this is your first visit, start with the Artwork page. It will give you a quick visual overview of my work. From there, you can proceed to the type of work that interests you most. There are over 100 pages of individual works. If you would like a more conceptual overview, read my Artist's Statement below. Have fun exploring!

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Recent Work--To see the full range of my work, go to Artwork.


Exploratory Unit 02
Creature? Extraterrestrial Probe?


River Whispers
Kinetic sculpture commissioned for Riverfront Park in Allegan, MI


Chekhov's Window
Custom 3D grate


30' tall aluminum sculpture for GE Aviation facility in Asheville, NC


Around the World
Outdoor aluminum sculpture commissioned for the British International School of Charlotte


Convoluted Logic
Available as a 3D printed sculpture


I now have a Facebook page:  Harry McDaniel, Sculptor
If you want to be informed of my latest projects, you can follow me.


A Refusal to Stop and Ask for Directions
Outdoor aluminum sculpture


Faun Dance
My first bronze sculpture


Snake Eyes
Aluminum wall sculpture


Kinetic sculpture commissioned for the Rockville Senior Center in Rockville, MD.  See video.



Artist's Statement

My artwork is diverse in materials, style, technique, and content. It is difficult to explain the diversity, except to say that I love to experiment and I am drawn to new challenges. I work with wood, metals, cement, plastics, and found objects. Some of the threads that tie my work together are humor, a fascination with curves, motion (or implied motion), and an interest in the human condition. My sculptures can roughly be divided into two parts--decorative works and social commentary.

My decorative works include freestanding sculptures (indoor and outdoor), wall pieces, and mobiles. They range in size from tabletop pieces to a 200' long outdoor sculpture installation. These works tend to be curvy, abstract, distorted geometric forms. Most embody a strong sense of motion. I am intrigued by motion or, more accurately, the paths taken by objects in motion. I love to let my eyes trace the path of a bird swooping through the air or a fish gliding through water. Many of my sculptures are like 3-D snapshots of such motions.

While most of my decorative pieces contain aspects of implied motion, the mobiles are literally in motion. The delicate balance and subtle, graceful, gliding motions of mobiles have intrigued me since I was a child. As a sculptor I appreciate the ever-changing shapes and intersections of lines.

My works of social commentary include the American Artifacts series, figurative pieces, and other works. These pieces often include an element of humor. The materials are often related to the meaning of the pieces. Some pieces are based in my personal experiences and struggles; others are derived from my observations and understandings of the world around me.

The series American Artifacts is a group of mixed-media sculptures accompanied by text. The work is created and presented in a form that simulates an exhibit in a natural history museum. At first glance, the sculptures appear to be artifacts from some foreign or primitive culture, but on closer inspection one finds that the "artifacts" are derived from objects common to modern life in the United States. The accompanying text describes the objects in a style reminiscent of the descriptions one might find in a natural history museum beside stone axes and broken ceramic figurines, yet it refers to our own culture.

A significant amount of my artwork has included the human figure in one form or another. My work has included life-size figures, portions of figures, and installations using mannequins. I find something particularly compelling in life-size human figures. They tend to create a strong presence in a room regardless of the style or material. We are "programmed" (psychologically if not biologically) to relate to the human form in certain ways. When a viewer encounters a figurative sculpture he brings a certain familiarity which at least for a moment, allows him to feel a likeness to the sculpture. The viewer also feels his difference of course, and from this contradiction he must draw some meaning.

In all of my work, whether decorative or provocative, I aim to offer viewers a new perspective.

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