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getting ready for something new….

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Recently I was contacted by the DuPage Children’s Museum to create a water sculpture for their facility.  The museum is just what you would expect:  A place for kids to have fun while discovering new things, and experiencing how those things work. Filled with colour and super-fun looking mechanical and scientific installations, the DuPage Children’s Museum must be a dream place for kids of all ages to visit and hang out.

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mid winter - spring is coming newsletter

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mid winter - spring is coming newsletter

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water factory: the art of an eavestrough sculpture

Friday, November 11, 2016

A  few weeks ago we completed installing a sculpture at Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver, BC. The sculpture was commissioned by the North Vancouver Regional District Arts Commission earlier this year and was intended to be a functional part of the farm’s rainwater collection system. Positioned between the barn eavestrough downspout and the rain barrel, the sculpture  acts as a interceptor. Water Factory is a rainwater driven kinetic sculpture that embodies form and function; and was inspired by a big red barn wall.

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76 trombones - my dream sculpture

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Like most kids of my generation I saw the movie “The Music Man” when it first came out in our local theater.  Not many years after the movie I joined a marching band. It wasn’t so much a marching band as it was a drum corps supporting a group of majorettes. The “Owen Sound High Steppers” toured around southern Ontario in Canada for many years. My job in the drum corps was to hold down the bottom end. The bass drum. I guess I didn’t have the chops to play the snare drum.

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the french horn connection

Here are some photos of my most recent musical instrument fountain. I enjoy building sculptures that share the same basic theme, and the French Horn Union is one of those. I think this is number nine or ten in the French Horn Union series. I'm calling this piece "The French Horn Connection" Each sculpture in the series shares the common factor of a pair of french horns setup in an "S" shaped pattern, but that's the end of any similarity. I couldn't duplicate a fountain sculpture if I tried.

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the cat lady is completed - a sculpture made from recycled metals is revealed.

I am so very excited to have finished this sculpture; "Obsession"  As many of you know, I mainly build water feature sculptures from up-cycled,  discarded musical instruments and found objects, but once in awhile I get to stray from the usual and tread  in unfamiliar places. The idea for the Cat Lady sculpture was inspired by one of my long time clients. She wanted me to build a significant piece as a gift for her employer. He, "the employer", is just crazy about cats; in fact he is the founder of a well known cat rescue organization.

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master upcycler series: douglas walker

This is part of an ongoing series, we are doing to feature all the amazing Master Upcyclers out there. Have someone we should consider writing about, then please Email Us! Follow the Master Upcycler Series here. Whimsical, eclectic, and humorous, award winning Canadian artist Douglas Walker blends and forms ordinary objects into finely crafted garden sculptures.

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new photos for my gallery.

fountains made from discarded musical instruments fountains made from discarded musical instruments

 

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a new musical instrument fountain is completed.

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Tuba Tango Was completed a week or so ago. I love the swirling composition of this fountain. The sousaphone set that up. Just as soon as I attached it the sculpture took shape.

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a studio visitor took a stunning photo of a musical instrument sculpture.

Melody and Mike Lee stopped by my studio the other day to have a look around. They had seen a fountain I made several years ago at The James Gallery on Quadra Island.   I didn't have many fountains to show them so they kindly commissioned me to make one for them.  I'm looking forward to getting started on it in the fall. While they were here Melody took a photo of the musical instrument sculpture that I am working on.  I love the photo because it really captures the mood of the sculpture, as well as the chaos that I call a studio. Thanks Melody!

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recycled horns make music again as waterworks fountains by artist douglas walker.

Debbie Travis wants to make beautiful music with artist Douglas Walker

When I am developing a room design, there is usually a simple idea or theme that sparks my imagination and starts the process.Reddit this!

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76 trombones a musical instrument sculpture.

Here is a great photo of the sculpture 76 Trombones on location in Mason City Iowa as part of River City Sculptures on Parade.

76 Trombones

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art in the garden at bellevue botanical garden

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 Join us for “Art in the Garden” at the Bellevue Botanical Garden August 29 & 30, 2015, 10 am to 5 pm

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76 trombones a musical instrument sculpture

I met a new friend (Rick Underwood) last weekend at the Moss Street Paint In, in Victoria BC. He had recently been to Nelson BC where he happened  upon my sculpture; 76 Trombones.  He did a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of 76 Trombones and the results are below. Thanks Rick! The City of Nelson has leased this musical instrument sculpture for the next year from the Castlegar Sculpturewalk lease program.
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a new sculpture emerges from the studio: zelda dubeau

 

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Over the years I have created a handful of human form sculptures. Zelda is the latest of them to emerge. She is the newest member of the Dubeau sisters; Sissy, Giselle, Esmeralda, Lola and now Zelda are a  family of quirky singers, dancers and musical creatives.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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garden fountain sculpture

This Short video shows you what our musical, metal art Garden fountains look like when they are running! Please share with your friends, every "like" "share" and comment helps!

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douglas walker metal art studio

This short video was made by my friend Ross Bodenmann. Featuring me in my shop working on a outdoor sculpture made of used musical instruments and various pieces of scrap metal. Hope you enjoy!

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human form metal art

Douglas Walker is known for creating unique water features and garden art sculptures using, among other things, discarded musical instruments, recycled copper, silver, brass and glass collectibles. His sculptures are best described as whimsical, eclectic, humorous and certainly one-of-a-kind. A master recycler, Douglas blends and forms ordinary objects into finely crafted garden sculptures. the following is a collection of Human form sculpture Doug has created.

Metal Art Human Form Sculptures

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summer shows & events

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Art in the Garden

August 29 & 30, 2015, Bellevue Botanical Garden, Bellevue, WA Art in the Garden - web

     
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