Neil Dawson
New Zealander, born 1948

Since the mid 1960s, Neil Dawson has created large-scale, site-specific sculptures across New Zealand, Australia, and Asia, confronting socio-cultural issues and global concerns. Using the sky as a canvas, Dawson creates his best known sculptures to be suspended in the air, like his artwork for the entrance of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Feathers and Skies. Dawson works from a studio converted from a 100-year-old dance venue, which houses metal and wood workshops, computer labs, and adjacent living quarters. Though always beginning with a freehand sketch on copy paper, Dawson's process has adapted over time with the development of technology; his aluminum and stainless steel materials now employ laser-cutting. The incorporation of this technology has been revolutionary for Dawson, who has recovered old drafts to execute designs he never thought were possible.

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