D’Arcy transforms steel pipe into abstract, kinetic sculptures. D’Arcy has a unique method for creating his sculpture. Most metal sculptors work in an additive process- combining separate elements and welding them together until the work is complete.
D’Arcy works in a method he calls “subtractive fabrication.” With this technique, he works much like a stone carver. Using a plasma cutter he removes material from the pipe, adding only space until the work reveals itself. Grinding and polishing completes the fabrication process. Sometimes color and glosses are added; other times the work is allowed to rust or patina naturally. Some of his work takes the form of simple shapes like spirals which are often created spontaneously. Other pieces are considerably more complex. There is very little rework of the cutting and bending process; in this way D’Arcy’s process is very committed- similar to an artists’ sketch pad. The structure of the pipe provides just the right degree of constraints for the creative process to flourish. A variety of found objects and shapes are sometimes incorporated as bases or for visual interest and as a balance point.
During his career, D’Arcy’s metal sculptures have naturally evolved to reflect many of the principles of Zen Aesthetics and Wabi-Sabi. Wabi-Sabi represents an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Characteristics of this school of design include asymmetry, irregularity, subtlety, and simplicity; it often appreciates the natural weathering and aging process. Much of D’Arcy’s work utilizes “Li Patterns”. These simple, efficient patterns frequently occur in nature, such as the spiral, branching and riverine patterns, flowers, bubbles, Fibonacci geometry, animal camouflage patterns, and even cellular patterns.
D’Arcy’s sculptural work usually ranges between four and eight feet tall. This size is the most practical for one person to handle and manipulate during the fabrication and transportation process. The human scale of the work results in an approachable form and a unique texture that draws your attention along the contrasting edges and the smooth curves. The work is suitable for indoor or outdoor display, and due to their vertical nature his sculptures show well in corners.. Light adds drama and creates interesting shadows. A light touch or breeze initiates movement and encourages interaction with the viewer. Although the sculptures appear very solid many are light enough to be easily moved in order to change the display location.