The impact of Bill Mack's art is achieved not only by his dramatic portrayal of the human form, but also by the utilization of a wide variety of materials with which to execute his artistic vision. The final work emerges as a classic example of the interplay of form and materials. For over 35 years, American sculptor Bill Mack has created sculpture in relief and in the round for government, corporate and private collections.
His art hangs in galleries in four continents and he has had exhibits in Tokyo, England, France and Germany. In reference to his interest in relief sculpture, Mack states, A lot of sculptors have no reason to do it and they just don't develop in that direction. I've had to actually re-work pieces by some teachers of sculpture and some sculptors of note who do all their work in the round and for one reason or another, have difficulty doing something in relief. It's not like I'm tooting my own horn, but I know there's no one in the United States, or in the world, for that matter, who can technically do a relief portrait better than I can.
The Original Hollywood Sign
The famed Hollywood sign is one of the world's biggest pop culture icons, but the original was replaced in the 1970s. Now, a Minneapolis sculptor has restored the original metal H, and he's being credited with preserving a piece of history.Bill Mack, whose famous works include the Herb Brooks statue and the Twins heroes statues at Target Field, purchased the old sign and has been restoring it since.The Los Angeles City Council honored Mack with a proclamation for his work, and FOX 9 News spoke with him about the four-year restoration process that revived the huge H.
In 2007, Bill Mack and his company Erin Taylor Editions purchased the metal from the Original Hollywood Sign. The sign resided in the Hollywood Hills from 1923 until 1978 when it was deemed irreparable, put into storage, and replaced by the sign that stands in Los Angeles today.Mack used the historic sign metal as his canvas to paint portraits of distinguished stars of Hollywood. During the process of painting on the metal, Bill Mack became determined to restore the 45-foot H from the Original Sign metal.In 2012, Mack began the project to restore the H. For weeks Mack and his staff reviewed all of the photographs and other information available to determine which of the original metal panels in their inventory would be used. They then spent several months working with engineers and construction teams building a new structure for the H so it would be suitable for both touring and placement in a permanent location.In August 2012, Mack completed the restoration of the letter H from the Original Hollywood Sign metal. On August 9, 2012, Herb Wesson and Tom LaBonge of the Los Angeles City Council presented Mack with a Certificate of Recognition for his restoration efforts and preserving the iconic symbol of Hollywood history.