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David McCracken is a New Zealand born artist based in Auckland, perhaps known best for his piece, Diminish and Ascend which was shown at the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney. His works, primarily made from fabricated steel, have been included in many outdoor exhibitions and are inspired by innovators and engineers such as Carl Sagan, Geoffrey de Havilland and Colin Chapman. His works, which raise questions about the nature and power of beauty, aspire to honour and elevate the status of banal or utilitarian objects to tDavid McCracken is a New Zealand born artist based in Auckland, perhaps known best for his piece, Diminish and Ascend which was shown at the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney. His works, primarily made from fabricated steel, have been included in many outdoor exhibitions and are inspired by innovators and engineers such as Carl Sagan, Geoffrey de Havilland and Colin Chapman. His works, which raise questions about the nature and power of beauty, aspire to honour and elevate the status of banal or utilitarian objects to the status of memorable ones.

In 2013, McCracken was a recipient of the Parsons & Brinckerhoff Award for Excellence in Engineering at Headland Sculpture on the Gulf and the winner of the Wallace Arts Trust NZ Sculpture Award.
e status of memorable ones.