Sculptor Michael Cooper driven to try new avenues

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Since his boyhood, Michael Cooper’s driving ambition has been to make art that not only moves people emotionally, but actually moves.

A trim, compact man at age 79, the longtime Sebastopol sculptor and former teacher keeps his comments on his own work rather succinct.

“I love mechanical things. I just like to build things,” he said earlier this week, surrounded by the recently transported and the partly reassembled works to be shown at his new solo exhibit at downtown Santa Rosa’s Museum of Sonoma County opening Saturday.

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