Tom Otterness lives and works in New York City. As a high school student, he won a Scholastic Art Award that made it possible for him to study at the Art Students League in New York City. He started out as a painter, but then decided to become a sculptor. He has become famous for his signature spherical figures and his inventive installations.
Otterness’s work can be seen around the world – in the subway in New York City, at a harbor in the Netherlands, in a zoo in San Jose, California, and also in South Korea and Germany. In 2005, Tom’s work was placed on Broadway from 59th Street to 168th Street in New York City. He was even commissioned to do a balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade!
Otterness works mainly in bronze. His MAG installation is the first time that the artist has worked with large blocks of limestone.