George Popa

My work expresses a childhood fascination with moving things that I have never lost.

Early on I began to build small airplanes and boats with simple materials to resemble images I found in The Book of Knowledge Encyclopedia.

As I progressed to the design and creation of functional model airplanes, I learned that ugly airplanes don’t fly well – an important lesson in the relation of elegance to function which accounts for the beauty found in nature and in the best of technology.

My sculptures are three-dimensional sketches which I create using stainless steel wire and silver solder, while trying not to burn myself in the process.

I created my first sculpture as a gift for a friend who had everything. That friend directed me to Don Conard Mobiles in San Francisco, where I became one of several principle artists to contribute to the gallery over a period of 14 years.

My major works include a large model of the ship “Cutty Sark” commissioned by the San Diego Maritime Museum. The New York Yacht Club.

I’ve created trophies for the Corinthian Yacht Club of Tiburon, several retirement gifts for admirals leaving Moffat Field in Mountain View CA, and trophies for the League of Silent Flight Sailplane Club.presented my model of the two-time America’s cup winning yacht, Intrepid to the captain who first skippered it to victory, Bill Ficker.

My sculptures have included:

  • Sailboats of every type
  • Chinese Junks
  • Powered and unpowered aircraft
  • Automobiles
  • Famous landmarks such as The Golden Gate Bridge
  • Individual members of a girls soccer team.
  • Whales
  • Birds in flight
  • Hot air balloons
  • Horses
  • Small gift items such as hummingbirds and butterflies.
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