I'm Duncan Shirah and I make interactive sculpture in Atlanta. I work between art and invention to build devices that initiate play, fascination, and interest toward a meaningful subject.

I currently work as a project manager and board member at MASS Collective. MASS is a maker-space in downtown Atlanta that is building a physical and social hub to connect local artists and makers with tools, space, resources, and each other to facilitate interesting projects. To see what MASS can do for your business follow the link below.

 

BIOGRAPHY

An academic education in Sculpture instilled in me a high standard for professionalism and social significances. I found that the most sincere connections with viewers came through physical interaction and that by creating art that is useable, engagements were more meaningful, or at least evident and tangible. Academia provided me with a crash-course in a huge range of production processes. In the pursuit of functionality I focused my time learning technical metal fabrication and woodworking to make working parts. I began producing and showing a body of artwork that used formal compositions of wood and metal in working, useable devices.

While in college I interned at a special effects production company that specialized in making historically themed props and costumes for film and the entertainment industry. Through this field I gained experience working on film sets and theatrical productions and traveled regionally to show work and speak about craftsmanship in prop-making. I would take this experience back to Atlanta's art community to assist in the production of local performances and cultural events.

After graduating and a series of jobs including stone mason, tree climber, zoo bamboo harvester, and haunted house stunt man, I found work in the arts at Inferno Art Foundry. This company works with figurative sculptors to reproduce their work in cast metal. Here I gained professional experience with welding and the metal casting process. Outside work I used these skills to help run public iron castings that showcase the spectacle of the iron casting process and give the audience the opportunity be involved by making their own iron art.

I currently work as a project manager and board member at MASS Collective while occasionaly working in the art foundry busisness and motion picture industry.