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Internationally acclaimed California sculptor Peter Shelton takes us on a creative adventure guiding us through the conception, fabrication and installation of his sixteen-foot-tall bronze sculpture “downnup”. This is a rare opportunity to watch a leading contemporary artist develop a work of art.
From its beginnings as a wall of drawings where the concept of two opposing abstract figures is presented as a series of interconnected gestures, we follow the transformation into three dimensions. A cardboard, steel and foam substructure morphs into intertwining plaster figures. From the fires of casting and the final assembly of bronze parts, the form and gestures of these figures are fully realized.
Directed by documentarian Daniel Zimbaldi and filmed by James Mulryan, this film expertly translates the beauty and detail of this work of art into the horizontal frame of cinema.
Narrated by the artist with comments by art collector Garna Muller and Kathryn Kanjo, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, “downnup” condenses the intense energy of artistic production into an inspiring journey of art making at its finest.

  • Daniel Zimbaldi
    "eyehand": Chris Burden retrospective
  • Daniel Zimbaldi
    "Eddy's World" (see
  • Peter Shelton
  • Timothy Kitz
  • James Mulryan
  • James Mulryan
    Director of Photography
  • Timothy Kitz
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital:Super 35:1920x1080
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 2020 FAFF Fine Arts Film Festival
    Venice, California
    United States
    June 8, 2020
    North American Premier
Director Biography - Daniel Zimbaldi

Daniel Zimbaldi is a Los Angeles based photographer and documentary filmmaker. His latest film "downnup" debuted at the Fine Arts Film Festival in 2020. Daniel has collaborated with artists Chris Burden, Bill Viola and Peter Shelton on film, immersive video and sound productions. His work includes: Chris Burden "Newport Harbor Art Museum Retrospective"; Bill Viola "Crossroads" Hamad International Airport, Qatar; and Peter Shelton "eyehand" sculpture retrospective. He is a producer of the award winning documentary short "Eddy's World" currently streaming on The New Yorker. Daniel founded Zona Productions, a Los Angeles based production services and motion control company. He serves as a technology consultant for producers and production companies, and is currently directing and producing documentary shorts and fundraising films for non-profits in Los Angeles.

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Director Statement

I have followed the sculptures of Peter Shelton for decades and observed them in outdoor public environments as well as museum galleries. When he mentioned that he was about to begin a commission for this 16 foot tall bronze "downnup", I thought this was the perfect opportunity to reveal the marriage between the conceptual creative process and complex engineering demands necessary to actually make these creations come to life.