Diane Maclean

Website: http://www.dianemaclean.co.uk

Email: sculpture@dianemaclean.co.uk

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Open Book 2014 Parc Martin Luther King, Paris. Gifted by HM Queen Elizabeth II to the City of Paris to mark D-Day celebrations

Lumina (detail) Perth Museum & Art Gallery. Acrylic tubes and LEDs that light up in response to people passing by.

Plume 2011 Stirling University. Stainless steel and coloured stainless steel. Ht 5700mm

DNA (Dundee) 2009, East Dock St, Dundee. Stainless steel Ht8.5m Medical research has created new businesses in the city

Renewal 2015, Medical Centre, University of Leicester). Stainless steel and forged steel snake

Forest of Light (Keele University) 2012 stainless steel, LED lights


Working on a scale compatible with being in the open, I use natural daylight on reflective surfaces and open structures to create strong visual connections to natural surroundings.

Focusing on weather and climate, and frequently working with scientists, I use architectural and industrial materials and new technologies to interpret my ideas. My long experience of working on public sculpture commissions that have to endure effects of weather and human intervention, has resulted in considerable knowledge of engineering techniques and the nature of steel and stainless steel, materials I love for their qualities of variety and structural strength.

Continually experimenting with these materials produces works in new forms that relate to the place where they will be located.

I work with engineers to produce my work, which ensures high quality of fabrication and calculations are done to guarantee the stability of my sculpture in public places.


Born in London of Scottish parents, I studied Modern Languages at UCL before marrying and living with my husband and 3 children in various African countries over 15 years, during which I pursued a successful career as a portrait painter, winning commissions in Canada, USA, S Africa and UK. I graduated in Fine Art in 1985 and was selected for the New Contemporaries in 1986. Since then I have exhibited sculpture and installation and completed many public art commissions in UK and around the world.


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