Kinetic Wind Sculptures dance with the wind in exciting and creative ways. Powered by nature they spin and twirl, glide and soar. Some are feats of engineering genius that capture the imagination as they move through the air.
The 1950’s and 1960’s saw the evolution of modern kinetic sculptures. Combining engineering and art many artists including George Rickey and Andrew Calder started creating three dimensional movable art. One of Rickey’s most famous works “Two Open Triangles Up ” features two steel triangles which move, separate, and then come back together in what has been described as a “poetry of motion”.
Andrew Calder is best known as the inventor of the mobile (1931). While working on three dimensional structures he developed a keen interest in the engineering balance of the pieces he was designing and how the air currents affected their movement. The ubiquitous mobile has been hung over babies cribs, amusing and delighting them, for generations.
One of the most exciting kinetic wind artists working today is Dutch artist Theo Jansen. He creates magnificent robots that walk through the sand powered only by the wind. They are reminiscent of creatures from science fiction movies. Fascinating and impressive to watch.
A popular example of a simple kinetic wind sculpture is a child’s wind spinner. One of these colorful toys can keep a young child entertained for hours. The power of their breath to make it spin never ceases to amaze them. A whirligig is another wind powered toy that can delight a child as they watch the characters move around and do their tricks.
Kinetic wind spinners appeal to the inner child in all of us. There is a certain magic about them that mesmerizes and fascinates. Watching a kinetic sculpture as it does its dance with the wind can help release the tensions of a busy day