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M.T. Skirt No.6

M.T. Skirt No.6
2019 M.T Skirt No. 6, stainless steel, aluminum, mooring buoys. M.T. Skirt No.6, kinetic floating sculpture, located on the Patapsco River at Middle Branch Park was part of an exhibition, Art on the Waterfront, sponsored by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Kiko-Cy

Kiko-Cy
Acknowledging the Wind: Kinetic Sculptures by Paul Daniel was a solo exhibition in 2018 at Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD. My sculptures were placed throughout the meadow and as the seasons changed the meadow grew up around them. Pathways between each sculpture led the visitors to discover the relationship of art and science. Kinetic sculptural elements indicate the velocity of the wind, mark time and rotation of the earth. Wind and sun affect each piece drawing viewers into awareness of natural phenomena of movement, shadows or calm.

M.T. Skirt No.4

M.T. Skirt No.4
In 2019 I made a series of models in preparation for a large scale piece that would float. M. T. Skirt No.4 is one of the models investigating movement in the wind. It is shown at the Jersey shore.

Column Generator Study

Column Generator Study
2015, Column Generator Study, acrylic, paper, Comatex, ink, 32" x 48" x 1.5". Drawings/paintings are used to facilitate the design of my sculptures as they are progressing during fabrication. It happens bit by bit.

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About Paul

Baltimore City

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  My commitment to wind activated sculpture and its connection to the environment has been a passion of mine during my entire career.   My sculptures address nature (wind, light and movement and in some cases buoyancy) and are appropriate for a variety of outdoor settings. Kinetic sculptural elements indicate the rotation of the earth, velocity of the wind and mark time. Wind and sun affect each piece drawing viewers into awareness of natural phenomena of movement, shadows or calm.... more

M.T. Skirt No.6

My commitment to wind activated sculpture and its connection to the environment has been a passion of mine during my entire career.

My sculptures address nature (wind, light and movement and in this case buoyancy) and are appropriate for a variety of outdoor settings. Floating works of mine have been displayed in Druid Reservoir and the Baltimore Harbor. Kinetic sculptural elements indicate the rotation of the earth, velocity of the wind and mark time.

Water is a great place to site public art. The newest floating full-scale work (2019) is M.T. Skirt No.6. The sculpture flips into wind, changes direction and flips into the wind again.

I anchored the piece in the Patapsco River enhancing the natural waterfront setting of south Baltimore's Middle Branch Park experience. The sculpture was partially funded by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

  • M.T. Skirt No.6

    M.T. Skirt No.6 - view 1
    M.T. Skirt No.6, kinetic floating sculpture, located on the Patapsco River at Middle Branch Park. Part of an exhibition, Art on the Waterfront, sponsored by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
  • M. T. Skirt No. 6 Drone

    M.T. Skirt No.6, kinetic floating sculpture, located on the Patapsco River at Middle Branch Park. Part of an exhibition, Art on the Waterfront, sponsored by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Drone video photography by John Dean.
  • M.T. Skirt No.6

    M.T. Skirt No.6 -view 2
    M.T. Skirt No.6, kinetic floating sculpture, located on the Patapsco River at Middle Branch Park. Part of an exhibition, Art on the Waterfront, sponsored by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
  • M.T. Skirt 6 video1

    M.T. Skirt No.6, kinetic floating sculpture, located on the Patapsco River at Middle Branch Park. Part of an exhibition, Art on the Waterfront, sponsored by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
  • Model M.T. Skirt No. 2

    M.T. Skirt No.2 is a model for a full sized sculpture. It is shown in a pond on Spring Lake Drive in Baltimore. Photography by John Dean.
  • M.T. Skirt No. 4

    M.T. Skirt No. 4
    No. 4 in a series of five preparatory models for the development of M.T. Skirt No. 6
  • M. T. Skirt No.4

    I made a series of models in preparation for a large scale piece that would float. M. T. Skirt No.4 is one of the models investigating movement in the wind. It is shown at the Jersey shore.
  • Installing No 6.

    Installing No 6.
    M.T. Skirt No.6, Assembled sculpture about to be installed at the boat ramp, Middle Branch Park..
  • Launching No.6

    Launching No.6
    M.T. Skirt No.6 floating about to be towed to its site in the Patapsco River.

Acknowledging The Wind

Acknowledging the Wind: Kinetic Sculptures by Paul Daniel was a solo exhibition in 2018 at Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD. My sculptures were placed throughout the meadow and as the seasons changed the meadow grew up around them. Pathways between each sculpture led the visitors to discover the relationship of art and science. Kinetic sculptural elements indicate the velocity of the wind, mark time and rotation of the earth. Wind and sun affect each piece drawing viewers into awareness of natural phenomena of movement, shadows or calm.

  • Acknowledging The Wind

    Video of solo exhibition (Acknowledging the Wind:Kinetic Sculptures by Paul Daniel) at Ladew Topiary Gardens, 2018. Photography by John Dean
  • Bad Apple

     Bad Apple
    Bad Apple
  • Kiko-Cy

     Kiko-Cy
    2007 Kiko-Cy, steel, aluminum, 24' h x 20' w x 20' d
  • No Friend of Jack

    No Friend of Jack
    2016 No Friend of Jack, steel, aluminum, stainless steel, 13' x 10' x 7'
  • Roxie

    Roxie
    2015 Roxie, steel, aluminum, stainless, rubber, 6'6"x 7'8" x 3'2"
  • Manolis

    Manolis
    2011 Manolis, steel, aluminum, stainless, 14' h x 13' w x13' d
  • Argus

     Argus
    2006 Argus, steel, aluminum, mirror, 8' x 7' x 7'
  • Wind Wirtz Ladew

    Wind Wirtz Ladew
    2018, stainless steel, copper. Wind Wirtz Ladew is part of a series of sculptures that raise water. It uses wind currents to turn the fins and transfer motion through a worm gear rotating the coil. Water is lifted to the center of the coil where it squirts out. It's a wind driven water fountain.
  • Wind Witz Ladew detail

    Wind Witz Ladew detail
    Wind Wirtz Ladew is part of a series of sculptures that raise water. It uses wind currents to turn the fins and transfer motion through a worm gear rotating the coil. Water is lifted to the center of the coil where it squirts out. It's a wind driven water fountain.
  • Sculptures at Ladew-3 frames

    Sculptures at Acknowledging the Wind solo exhibition by Paul Daniel. Manoli, Kiko-Cy and Roxie. Photography by John Dean.

Raising Water

Raising water has been an ongoing interest of mine. It’s the ultimate in cause and effect. Creating a sculpture that is a wind-powered fountain is a concept that has been under development for a long period of time. Wind Wirtz Ladew is the latest example.

There were many other projects that led up to the Ladew wind-powered fountain: Wind Wirtz at Park School, Wind Wirtz #2 at Goya Contemporary, Chase Pier model at Gedankenexperiment, and Wind-Wirtz Ladew at Ladew Topiary Gardens.

  • WW Ladew Model 2017

    W W Ladew is a model for a larger water raising a sculpture in the exhibit Acknowledging the Wind in 2018. This model is developing a new mechanical gearings system for turning the coil that raises the water.
  • W W Ladew

    W W Ladew
    W W Ladew, 2018 Completed water raising sculpture in my studio about to be delivered to Ladew Topiary Gardens for the exhibition Acknowledging the Wind: Kinetic Sculpture by Paul Daniel.
  • Chase Pier Model

    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.
  • Detail - Chase pier Model

    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
  • 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
  • Chase Pier Model, studio video

    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.
  • Chase Pier Model 1

    2014 Chase Pier Model, on display at Gedankenexperiment, American Assn for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.
  • Wind Wirtz #2

    Wind Wirtz #2
    2012, Wind Wirtz #2, two person exhibition, Motion Study - Paul Daniel & David Hess, Goya Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
  • Wind-Wirtz

    Wind-Wirtz
    2000, solo exhibition, Paul Daniel- Kinetic Sculptures in the Pond, The Park School, Brooklandville, MD Aluminum, copper, stainless steel, 7.5' x 12' x 12'

Kiko-Cy

Kiko-Cy
Kiko-Cy has traveled. Monkton, Boynton Beach, Baltimore. This kinetic sculpture was part of a solo exhibition at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Md in 2018. Before that in 2017 it was part of a year-long International Kinetic Art Exhibit & Symposium in Boynton Beach, Florida. Initially installed for Artscape 2007, it was located on the St Paul median strip in front of the Tremont Hotel and Mercy Hospital and on loan to BOPA for 10 years!

  • 2017 Kiko-Cy Boynton Beach

    2017 Kiko-Cy Boynton Beach
    Kiko-Cy, 2007 Steel and aluminum 24 x 20 x 20 feet Installed 2017 in Boynton Beach FL
  • Kiko-Cy Detail

    Kiko-Cy Detail
    Kiko-Cy, 2007 Steel and Aluminum 24 x 20 x 20 Installed 2017 in Boynton Beach FL
  • Video, Kiko-Cy, Boynton Beach 2017

    Kiko-Cy was exhibited as part of a year-long International Kinetic Art Exhibit & Symposium in Boynton Beach, Florida.
  • Ladew Opening, rain

    Ladew Opening, rain
    The opening for Acknowledging the Wind:Kinetic Sculptures by Paul Daniel had torrential rains and still people came out. I was so grateful. June 5, 2018. Sculpture is Kiko-Cy
  • Kiko-Cy, Ladew

    Kiko-Cy, Ladew
    2018, Kiko-Cy at Ladew in the meadow.
  • Kiko-Cy, Ladew

    Kiko-Cy, Ladew
    2018, Kiko-Cy, Ladew Photo by Emily Emerick
  • Kiko-Cy, Ladew Topiary Gardens

    2018, Kiko-Cy, Ladew Topiary Gardens, video in the meadow
  • Kiko-Cy

    Kiko-Cy
    Kinetic sculpture Kiko-Cy was initially installed for Artscape 2007, located on the St Paul median strip in front of the Tremont Hotel and Mercy Hospital and on loan to BOPA for 10 years! 2007 steel, aluminum 24' x 20' x 20'
  • Kiko-Cy

    Kiko-Cy
    Kinetic sculpture Kiko-Cy was initially installed for Artscape 2007, located on the St Paul median strip in front of the Tremont Hotel and Mercy Hospital and on loan to BOPA for 10 years! 2007 steel, aluminum 24' x 20' x 20'

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.

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

  • Manolis Video

    2018, Manolis, solo exhibition, Acknowledging the Wind, Ladew Topiary Gardens
  • Manolis

    Manolis
    Some of my works are lent to ther artist friends. Manolis is seen here at the home of Peggy Fox.
  • Manolis

    Manolis, 2011 Steel, aluminum and stainless steel 14 x 13 x 13 feet
  • Manolis Video 1

    Video of incredibly strong winds at Cylburn Arboretum
  • Manolis 2015

    Manolis at the Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore MD.
  • Manolis detail

    Manolis detail
    Manolis at Cylburn Arboretum, 2015
  • Manolis at Cylburn Arboretum 2014-2015

    Video shows detail of discs moving in opposite directions in a strong wind.

Flirting With Memory

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 at Katzen Museum and in a private collection.

Presently this sculpture is in a private collection.

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

  • Walker

    Walker, 2011-2017 Brass 19 x 15 x 9 1/2 inches
  • Sindbad

    Sinbad, 2004-2017 Brass and aluminum 29 x 9 x 9 inches
  • M Square R

    M Square R, 2017 Aluminum and brass 14 1/2 x 12 x 5 inches
  • Porthos

    Porthos, 2017 Aluminum and brass 14 1/2 x 12 x 5 inches
  • Aramis

    Aramis, 2017 Aluminum and brass 14 1/2 x 12 x 5 inches
  • Maggie

    Maggie, 2012 brass, aluminum, magnets 15.25" x 10.5" x 6
  • Sterope

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

    2012 Brass, Aluminum 14.5 x 10.5 X 7.75

Transfer Motion, Tabletop Sculptures

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.

Paul's Curated Collection

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