PETER W. MICHEL, Sculptor     185 Brookside Lane    Fayetteville, NY 13066    315-6324780
Nurturing a Positive Spirit     Sculpture in Celebration of Self, Relationship and Community
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    ABOUT PETER W. MICHEL
 
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BIO
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Peter W. Michel was born in Schenectady, New York.  He received his A.B. degree in Fine Arts from Oberlin College in Ohio and a degree in architecture from M.I.T. in Cambridge, MA.  He pursued further studies in sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts School and Rice University in Houston, Texas.  Michel has worked as an architect in Boston, Houston and New York.  In 1986 he moved to Clinton in upstate New York and began to do computer drawings for architects in New York City, including the office of Pei Cobb Freed.  In 1989 he began to use the computer as a tool to produce his sculpture.  Mr. Michel's most recent work has been cut from plywood or metal using computer controlled cutting technology (either water jet or laser) and then it is typically painted with the rainbow colors.  
Peter Michel

Mr. Michel's work has been shown frequently in galleries and museums in central New York as well as in many shows throughout the country.  In 1999 and 2000 his monumental sculptures were included in Chicago's Pier Walk shows - one of the largest outdoor sculpture shows in the world. Other exhibition highlights include having work in the Chesterwood Museum, in Stockbridge, MA, The Downtown Stamford, CT Art in Public Places exhibition and the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC.   His work has been commissioned by The Houston Festival, The Houston Folk Arts Council, The Houston Academy of Gymnastics, Texas Children's Hospital West Campus in Houston, the Thea Bowman House in Utica, NY, The City of Syracuse, NY, Baystate Children's Hospital Specialty Center in Springfield, MA and a number of private individuals.  His work is in private collections across the United States as well as in Germany, Japan, Korea and South Africa.
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ARTIST'S STATEMENT

                                 
I DREAM'D in a dream, I saw a city invincible to the 
         attacks of the whole of the rest of the earth; 
I dream'd that was the new City of Friends;
Nothing was greater there than the quality of robust 
         love—it led the rest; 
It was seen every hour in the actions of the men of 
         that city,
And in all their looks and words.


- Walt Whitman   
                                     
 

Influenced by the works of the poets Walt Whitman and e. e. cummings, my sculpture is a visual expression of the dream of a joyful, vibrant world that works for everyone - a world where each individual is fully self-expressed and belongs to a community united in fulfilling that dream.

My design intention is to connect to the part of the viewer that is that dreamer.  Through color, humor, whimsy, the play of ideas, the effects of light and space, the abstract figures, the viewer is invited to access their own spirit of playfulness and connectedness.

As a result of years of architectural training and practice, my work reflects a constructivist approach in its design and fabrication.  It is designed using computer software and fabricated using computer controlled laser and water jet cutting technology.  The work is painted with the rainbow colors, symbolizing both diversity and inclusion – the acceptance of the full spectrum of our differences.


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 1983/2008 by Peter W. Michel                Posted 3-06-98   updated  11-05-15
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 Peter W. Michel, sculptor  185 Brookside Lane Fayetteville, NY 13066  315-632-4780 peter@petermichel.com