Daniel Biehl
Sculpture and Sculptural Furniture

Pictured here is a selection of images of wood and mixed media sculpture. Several of these pieces have associated images of their stages of manufacture, which can be viewed on the Process page. Slate carvings are grouped seperately on their own Slate Carvings page.


Image of an installation in a display window, 
featuring black discs distorting a fabric surface at regular intervals.

27 Distortions, 2009

fabric, plywood

One of three Urban Art Project parking garage window installations in downtown Great Falls in the spring and summer of 2009. 27 Distortions is an examination of regular distortions of the fabric field, in imitation of patterned ground. As a tensile structure, it also draws inspiration from tents or goose bumps and other remarkable features of skin. Any resemblance to the Sea of Holes in the Beatlesí 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine is purely coincidental.
Thanks to Jean L. Price for her steadfast active support for the arts and artists in north-central Montana, and single-handed instigation and promotion of the Urban Art Project in Great Falls.

Image of an installation in a display window, 
featuring kinetic gill-like movement of fabric surface.

Respirator, 2009

fabric, wood, mechanism and drive from IBM Selectric typewriter

Another of the three Urban Art Project parking garage window installations in downtown Great Falls in the spring and summer of 2009. Respirator is an attempt at creating a kinetic architectural element, and along the way a symbolic breathing apparatus for the building. Powered by the original GE motor and drive mechanism of an IBM Selectric typewriter, it operates from about 6:30 AM till 11:30 PM daily, with four half-hour breaks in the course of the day.
View a brief youtube video of the three windows, including a view of the Respirator workings here

Image of an installation in a display window, featuring 
billowing sail forms of a clipper ship.

Flying Cloud, 2009

stiffened fabric with plaster and wood supports

Another of the three Urban Art Project parking garage window installations in downtown Great Falls in the spring and summer of 2009. Flying Cloud seeks to transport subconsciously, as if in a dream. The billowing of sails is the main focus and challenge in making this installation.

Image of an installation in a display window, featuring 
three canoe-like forms in a whitewater-like painted canvas.

Canoe Party, 2007

wood and painted canvas

An Urban Art Project parking garage window installation in downtown Great Falls in the spring and summer of 2007, produced in collaboration with Julia M. Becker.
Window installation featuring large metal dress and metal 
toothed necklace.

Fashion Statement, 2006

mixed media with missile silo gasket

This was another installation in one of the eleven display windows of the Great Falls Parking Garage structure in the spring and summer of 2006.

Image of a mixed media wall sculpture, an organic form 
constructed from willows and silk tissue.

Bison Range , 2005

mixed media with walnut ink, willows, silk tissue and video

Another collaboration with Julia Becker, the impetus for this piece was the Spirit of Place invitational exhibition at Beall Park Art Center in Bozeman, Montana. The exhibit was composed of artist's interpretations and responses to the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition's passage through our area. Bison Range referred to the tens or hundreds of thousands of bison which L&C reported in the vicinity of Great Falls, the missile silos which dot the landscape, Air Force bases, automobiles, power lines, etc.
Image of large free standing slate box pierced by slate spears.

Emergency, 1994

slate, cotton cord, electric light
50 x 54 x 57"

Shown here in the Vessels, Vehicles and Dwellings exhibit
with Julia Becker at the Beall Park Art Center in Bozeman,
Montana in 1994, the title of this piece is meant to reflect
a place of emergence in addition to the conventional
sense of emergency. It was made after the birth and
subsequent complications experienced by my daughter.

Image of a hanging boat-likesculpture with spiraled arms or 
paddles attached.

Flying Boat, 1994

wood, raw deerhide and string
56 x 48 x 43"

Another piece from the Vessels, Vehicles and Dwellings exhibit, the Flying Boat gambles that an operator with limited mobility can move the two paddles, which are in the form of double-helical airfoils, to propel the craft airborn. The paddles are free to move in all directions because of wooden universal joints, which can be seen in some of the construction detail images on the
Process page. As in most of my work, there are no metal fasteners in the structure.
Traveling Sphinx outside Dillon, Montana

The Traveling Sphinx, 1995

trailer parts, polystyrene foam,plywood, canvas
17 x 9 x 8'

I was priveleged to one of the fourteen members of the Caravan Project, or Montana Artists Caravan, in the summer of 1995. Together we traveled to seventeen rural communities all over the state in our mobile exhibition units. The Traveling Sphinx was a way of taking a sculpture to where the people are - out on the road.

Check out other images on the Process page, and visit the Caravan Project website.

Image of bronze boat skeleton upside down

Boat of Bones, 1996

bronze,copper wire
29 x 8 x 5"

A few images of the spruing arrangement are available on the
Process page.
Image of standing three drawer bureau

Bureau No.1, 1997


We were having lots of trouble organizing our domestic junk mail. Our neighbor renovated his garage and put a bunch of old fir two by fours in the garbage, so I used them to make this device to help solve our problem.
Image of low wooden table

Table for my Father, 1997

oak and slate
26 x 26 x 28"

This table was taking shape when I learned that my father had terminal cancer. I had previously noticed that it had a distinct funerary aspect. See some of the raw parts on the Process page.
Image of elaborate curved three drawer cabinet on legs

Elaborate Receptacle, 1998

oak, plywood, purpleheart/ebony/birch inlays
43 x 27 x 34"
Collection of Rosalind Hudgens

Inspired by the experience of building the Table for my Father and Bureau No.1, I absorbed myself in making the oak parts for this standing bureau, some of which may be viewed on the Process page.

Image of footstool on rockers

Gout Stool, 2007

cherry, upholstery
22 x 11 x 17"
Carved stool

Stool, 2004

black walnut and upholstery
Carved image of bare knees

Knees, 2004

pine
14 x 15"
Image of leaping wood boat frame

Vessel for Small Dreams, 1990

ash, maple, string
70 x 20 x 13"
Image of odd twisty wood thing

Nuclear Family, 1994

ash, walnut,pine
24 x 20 x 25"
Collection of Stephen and Sharie Babb
Image of small child's sled

Eula's Sled, 1992

ash, oak, maple
Collection of Great Falls Clinic, LLP
Image of standing perforated wooden doll

Valentine, 1989

pear wood with ivory and ebony eyes
18 x 8 x 3"
private collection

View detail images on the Process page.

Image of slate doll in wood frame

Huntred, 1990

slate, antler, hair, cottonwood, leather thongs
Collection of Jo Anne Dillenberg
Image of girl in tiny car

undergraduate car project, collaboration with Jane Halvorson, 1979

Built on a $20.00 budget Jane and I did this in a sculpture class at DAAP. Photo from the UC News Record of June 1, 1979.
Person jumping over mountains

Leaper, 1995
wood relief
Collaboration with Julia Becker.
Collection of Sean and Nolita Becker
Canoeists navigating a rapid
Slipping Through the Jaws of Death, 1995
wood relief
Kesselheim/Zitzer Collection
Canoeists navigating a rapid
Slipping Through the Jaws of Death (reverse)
St Francis sheltering from birds
St. Francis, 1995
wood relief collaboration with Julia Becker
Man playing a very large horn
Horn Player, 1995
wood relief collaboration with Julia Becker
Garnsey Collection
Guitarist
Guitarist, 1995
wood relief collaboration with Julia Becker
Garnsey Collection
Card Player
Card Player, 1995
wood relief collaboration with Julia Becker
Thirsty and Ye Gave me Drink
Thirsty and Ye Gave Me Drink, 1995
wood relief collaboration with Julia Becker