Dan O’Brien My passion is creating objects that defy traditional perceptions of the nature of metal. Metals are not static, but organic and transient. Steel rusts into dirt, bends like the wind, breaks like an old tree and even shatters like glass. Apply the right heat and it shapes like clay. Coppers grow crystalline patinas like moss. Foils crumple like leaves. This is the nature of metal I hope to bring to objects that can be experienced. I came to metal sculpting as a career late in life, after working in writing fiction, computer technologies, secondary education, and academia. Learning the skills necessary at local art centers, I'm otherwise largely self-taught. I was born and raised in California, so I like to infuse my work with the eccentric culture of the Left Coast.