“Someone Sent Me Two Feathers” is a kinetic wind sculpture commissioned for a private home in Capistrano Beach, California, south of Los Angeles. It was completed in 2006. As a kinetic sculpture, of course it’s heavily influenced by the work of George Baker, with whom I studied and worked for quite some time. I was an assistant in his studio for about 12 years and helped build over 100 commissioned sculptures, nearly all of them kinetic — motorized pieces, fountains, wind sculptures, some moved by hand. Although most of my own work is not kinetic, it is nice to revisit that genre once in a while. Certainly, the motion can be fascinating, bordering on the hypnotic. But the challenge is in balancing pure sculptural form, while adding motion and a certain amount of choreography. The wind does not always blow, of course, so you want the still composition to be as successful as when moving. The site is a residence on a bluff, up above the beach, the house commanding views north down into Dana Point Harbor, south down the beach, and out to sea. The house is just magnificent inside and out, everything from the landscaping to the furnishing would not be out of place in a museum. A better site for a wind sculpture is hard to imagine. It’s ideally situated on the entrance side of the house, just out of the direct daily ocean breeze. A direct blast of onshore wind would probably just send the sculpture whirling around too fast. But with the wind being broken up by the house, there

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