Happy Birthday Richard Lippold!! Contemporary American sculptor born in 1903, Lippold worked in metal: steel, wire, brass, etc. He began as industrial designer, moving to sculpture in the 1940s, teaching at several colleges as well. Lippold saw his constructions as “philosophical statements about modern life”. Fire Bird, located in the Orange County Performing Arts Center is a magnificent work of painted steel and aluminum. Viewers are allowed close-up enjoyment from the balconies.