David Buckingham (b. 1958) roams abandoned factories, gritty industrial areas, dodgy neighborhoods and the low deserts of California transforming forgotten relics into scale pop-culture inspired wall sculptures. These battered relics are carted to a dusty studio in downtown Los Angeles where they are muscled into works of art with bewildering array of power tools and sheer force of will.
Inspired by his love of language and its uncanny influence on cultural identity with 20 years spent in advertising, it comes naturally. He is self-taught; admitting his journey as a sculptor is similar to a "mechanic working on a car while running alongside it at 60 mph". There is a real authenticity to his work that can't be replicated: an hones reflection of himself and the world around him.