David McCracken began sculpting in his teens, mostly figurative work carved in wood. Returning to Auckland in his early 20s, he worked in a variety of jobs including boatbuilding and construction and gained skills with glass and carbon fibre, steel fabrication, welding and woodwork.
David became involved in the performing arts, experimenting with writing and acting and was shortly employed full time designing and making sets and props for theatre, dance and film production. He saw the potential of steel fabrication for quickly producing large set pieces and at the same time began making sculpture from readily available and inexpensive scrap when he could afford little else.
David also experimented with a variety of materials including granite and basalt boulders, synthetic hair found objects and glass roving. He furthered his metal fabrication skills to include aluminium, stainless steel, titanium, and corten steel and began casting in bronze and stainless steel. He designed a number of furniture items which were produced in limited numbers.
David will have works in one of the eight houses on the Tour.