Dan is in the process of developing a working studio and teaching space on the northern boundary of Eau Claire. He has enjoyed talking to several bus groups of students who visited the sculptures. Dan states about this uniquely developed concrete casting sculptural process “Some days are for dreaming, (and being a bit foggy) sacrificing an acute awareness of our surroundings. The sphinx-like frog appears planted, not interested in moving anytime soon. Concrete was chosen to accentuate the heaviness of the moment and the static position. The fly goes unnoticed. The insect appears intrusive by changing the material to bronze, interrupting smooth lines of the frog’s back by placing the fly in the middle of it.”
Dan Massopust was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1953. He has spent 35 years studying sculpture and anatomy. During that time Dan has created both realistic and whimsical sculptures.
The last 20 years he studied the written and sculptured works of Edouard Lanteri who taught sculpture in the late 1800’s. Dan uses the Lanteri method when creating realistic sculptures spending hours on each sculpture analyzing tension energy in muscle groups to produce life-like poses. He sculptures realistic animals, fish, amphibians, trees/vegetation and human figures.
Dan’s whimsical sculptures are designed for kids. His sculptures appear in pediatric departments and even has a 2500 pound frog in the playground area of Eau Claire’s city park. These sculptures include frogs, turtles, insects, fish, dragons, and fantasy trees.
Dan’s BS degree in architectural engineering technology brings value to large projects and monumental sculptures. He works directly with the architects, engineers, and technicians. Empathizing with structural limitations and artistic creativity Dan’s designs satisfies both criteria.
Dan also has a Masters Degree in Vocational and Adult Education. He draws on this education and his experience teaching at the University and Tech School level when teaching his sculpture classes.
Most of Dan’s work has been in bronze. He has been sculpturing over 30 years but during the last 3 years he has been creating bronze and also using some experimental material. These include a large 15 foot tree made from olifin and epoxy. The tree’s trunk is large enough that kids can go inside and play. He is also building 8 foot long wall dragons using polyurea. These materials create large sculptures that are very strong and far less expensive than bronze.
Dan is using several waterjet cut materials in his sculptures. These have included giant maple leaves, butterflies and dragon flies cut from aluminum. The butterflies and dragonflies hang from ceilings in exam rooms so the kids have something fun to look at during their exam. He recently completed a 2 point perspective tree, dragon fly, and butterfly fantasy scene that is 16 feet long and 8 feet high. This sculpture is in the Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine Department on the Mayo Clinic Health System's Clairemont campus.
His other interests include scuba diving in the Caribbean waters and time in Alaska researching his work. He currently resides in Eau Claire, WI.
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