David Mach was born in Methil, in Fife. He studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College, Dundee 1974 - 79 and the Royal College of Art in London 1979 - 82. He made a dramatic debut into the world of public sculpture in 1983 when he constructed the submarine Polaris out of thousands of tyres on the South Bank of the Thames. Other projects include the Big Heids on the M8 motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Mach's strikingly original sculptures and collages are created from found materials - coathangers, postcards, matches etc. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1998.