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Biography

Doug La Ferle’s interactive robotic sculptures reflect his love of art, science, and salvage. Combining reclaimed items and everyday objects with technology, he creates imaginative machines that are animated by motion, light and, sound. It’s as if the discards from the Edison lab and Grandpa’s attic, woke up and came to life.

Also accomplished in the fine arts, he has produced paintings for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, HopCat Restaurant in Ann Arbor, and the Michigan State House of Representatives office building. 

After earning a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan, La Ferle spent thirty years as a professional architect. In 2006, he began a second career as a self-taught multidisciplinary artist living and working in Royal Oak and St. Joseph, Michigan.


His work has been featured in The Herald-Palladium, MLive, the Macomb Daily, Royal Oak Patch
and the Grand Rapids Press.