Daniel Popper is a multidisciplinary artist known globally for his larger-than-life sculptures, and spectacular public art installations.
From Cape Town, South Africa, Daniel has traveled the globe creating an array of sculptures, installations and stages. Daniel specializes in Interactive art, Public art, stage design, installation art, and interior design.
Daniel is most acclaimed for his massive public art installations at top festivals like the Electric Forest festival in the USA, Boom Festival in Portugal, Rainbow Serpent festival in Australia, as well as Afrikaburn in the Tankwa Karoo in South Africa.
Many of his projects include collaborations with other artists, technicians and artisans to incorporate electronic music, LED lighting and projection mapping as key components.
Daniel creates both temporary and permanent work in public spaces.
Many companies have commissioned Daniel to create unique installations to promote their brands. He has an interest in making a statement with his artworks and creating never-seen-before innovations. Many of his projects blur the lines between art, sculpture and brand activation.
In 2010, he created 14 giant Pop Puppets for MTN that captured thousands of fans at the official Fifa Fan Parks. In 2011, he produced a life-size baobab tree for Siemens which was erected at COP17 and lit up by bicycle generators. In a second project for Siemens, Daniel was commissioned to build a sculpture that would stand as a defining feature for the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology. He created the 14 meters high Tree of Wisdom out of galvanized steel with a granite base.The tree is a permanent installation that has become an integral part of the landscape architecture of the school.
He has worked for a wide range of brands including Baby Soft, G-Star Raw, The opening ceremony for the Africa Cup of Nations as well as a high-end nightclub in Cape Town.
Daniel founded a production company “Pop Productions” which currently focuses on creative concept design, innovative advertising, brand activation, decor planning and fabrication, stage design and fabrication, interior design, special planning, lighting solutions and sculpture, both temporary and permanent.
Collaboration is key is Daniels work. Pop Productions has worked with a core crew over the years who have all grown together as a collective and as individuals. They consist of master fabricators and industrial designers such as Robert Bernicchi and Samuel Murgatroyd from Now Now design , Brian Tompkins from Introspect design and Brett Blake from Sets and Devices. For Specific public works Pop productions also collaborates with master artisans and fabricators in, South Africa , China and Bali.