Creating a Retro Futuristic World with Trash from The Past.

I was born in 1965, in Rotterdam, Holland. I grew up in Los Angeles, CA. My father brought the family to Los Angeles as he was a European trained craftsman and was offered work at Walt Disney were he worked in the movie industry. I was inspired by the creative side of Hollywood at an early age.

After watching Star Wars at the age of 12 I built a robot out of a radio with the help of my oldest brother. That was the starting point of my creative spark. At the age of 15 I co-developed and sold video games for Apple II computers. I focused on computers, electronics and automotive arts in high school then graduated from The California Institute of the Arts, (CAL ARTS) were I studied motion graphics and visual effects. I studied under amazing artist like Jules Engle, Ed Emshwiller and Michael Scroggins.  I produced a few short experimental films that received grants and awards.

After graduation, I was hired by Apogee Visual Effects. I got to work with John Dykstra and many of the artists that worked on the first Star Wars. I continued working in the Movie industry as a Visual Effects technician, Prop maker and Lighting Artist. I then started a special effects lighting company and worked on films like Starship Troopers and Alien Resurrection.

During my career in the movie industry I met the Artist #Baron Margo. We became friends and have worked together on various projects for 30 years. I have always admired Barons work and have a large collection of his art.  I then met the artist Lili Lakich when I attended her Neon Art Workshop at her Art Studio in downtown Los Angeles. This was a great experience for me and it re-ignited my creative spark and inspired me to make Illuminated art sculptures.

I have always been inspired by art deco designs and vintage concepts of the future. (Retro-Futuristic). I have restored and raced many vintage automobiles and i am a big fan of vintage planes, trains, motorcycles and cars. I also have a large collection of vintage monorail toys and other retro-futuristic toys. I published a book about the History of Toy Monorails called Monorail Metropolis. I use these designs for inspiration in my artwork. I attempt to bring together my favorite design elements along with my love for illumination.

I am always looking for new “junk” that can be saved from the scrap yards and inspire me to create my next sculpture.

Ferdinand Metz  West Hills, CA. USA 

Retro Futuristic Illuminated art sculptures made with repurposed found objects and illuminated with plasma, neon, lasers and led's


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