Mac Whitney, born 1936 in Kansas, currently lives and works in Ovilla, TX. In 1979, Mac Whitney was awarded a commission by the City of Houston to build a large-scale sculpture funded by grants by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Urban Development. The sculpture is located in Stude Park and can be seen from the I-10 heading West. His work has been shown continuously over the last 40 years, both nationally and internationally, and is part of many public collections such as the Dallas Museum of Art and Art Museum of South Texas Corpus Christi.
Whitney’s abstract sculptures, constructed out of raw steel, are a metaphysical expression of the fundamental forces of tension and resolution evident in the built environment: the thrust of a tall vertical; the repose of an outstretched horizontal; the dynamism of a forceful diagonal; the lyricism of a slowly unfolding curve – all subtly knit into the fabric of a freestanding form that is both open and closed. His most recent works are part of the Linked Sculpture Series. These sculptures are composed like an interlocking chain of various shapes before welded upright into a vertical sculpture. The end result reminds on an internal structure of interlocking and interweaving DNA or molecules.