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Derek Arnold is a 1993 graduate of the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Since 1994 he has maintained and operated his studio in Harford County, Maryland, working primarily in metal.

Diversely talented Derek designs large scale sculpture - sometimes whimsical often times mythical or extinct creatures while at the same time working out complex structural combinations that he utilizes in buildings, kinetic art and various traditional welding commissions.

His distinctive large outdoor sculpture is not only creative but extremely complex in its design. Derek's work often includes functioning elements that require combinations of mathematics and physics to create his desired effect.Rock Art

Rock Art (pictured right) one of his "kinetic art designs" is a 3,000-lb. stone and steel sculpture is 15 ft. tall and is bolted to 8 tons of concrete. Because it spins every degree of rotation has to be perfectly balanced. Every pertinent piece of material used in this sculpture had to be analyzed. Various mathematical analysis helped define the exact weight of the sculpture’s left side and right side for all three calculated angles. The sculpture is motion-driven by a motor and gear reduction to achieve a range of speeds.

Derek is known as much for his metal work as for his sculpture. A master welder he has designed and created many custom railings, balcony's, furniture, office decor, hinges and more. His work has been featured in films, magazines, and in public and private collections across the nation and in Europe. His recent projects include architectural metalwork for various buildings in Baltimore and Washington, DC.

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