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William Freer, Sculptor

Three buildings a sandwich

“It was Chicago, it was lunchtime, it was sunny, I was hungry.

“I left work at a big advertising agency and took a walk up beautiful Oak Street, looking for a tuna sandwich. But then I happened across three white buildings shoulder-to-shoulder and realized the only reason I could tell them apart was thanks to the shadows that lay between.”

William Freer stopped, stared, walked back and forth, knocked out by the profound exchange of light to dark where the shadows lived.

That moment became the muse for his career as a paper artist and sculptor.

He hurried back to his office and began to cut through layers of paper with an Xacto knife, “trying to find the shadows that I knew were hiding in there someplace.” And ever since then he has been carving new shadows into paper sculptures for collectors nationwide.

The spark of inspiration as a metal artist

plasma“Working in downtown Chicago I was acutely aware of the power of public art ~ The Picasso, the Miro, Calders, Boteros and more recently Anish Kapour’s Cloud Gate, reflecting the city around it.

“I knew I had to be a part of that world of large and public sculpture! I want to create an atmosphere for conversation, so seven years ago began on a path to transforming my paper sculpture into works of greater size, power and inspiration, starting with lost-wax casting in bronze.”

Today William Freer builds bigger works in steel. His fabricator, deeply experienced in monumental art, helps realize his ideas for work that’s inviting, asking to be touched, appreciated from every angle, enjoyed throughout the day as light changes.

Before becoming a full-time sculptor, William Freer worked in advertising and design companies, developing logos, branding programs and websites for organizations throughout the US. Incidentally, as a lark he and his wife invented and hold four US patents oa motorcycle product that sells internationally.