Galaxy No. 1, Kinetic Wind Vane Sculpture

Galaxy No. 1, 2004 Kinetic steel sculpture

Galaxy No. 1, 2004
recycled steel
74″ H x 54″ W x 20″ D
Private Collection

I love the graceful bearing housing on Galaxy No. 1… I enjoy coming up with different solutions on each piece for hiding the mechanical parts in a way that adds beauty to the overall design. This was, in my eyes, a particularly good solution. You can see the original (less elegant) version of this sculpture here. The earlier page also links to a film of the sculpture in motion.

The Galaxy Series are Modernist inspired, abstract wind vanes made from recycled steel. The designs feature simple lines and shapes balanced to spin easily in a light breeze. The  sculptures  disassemble into two pieces (horizontal arm and vertical base) for shipping. Each is one of a kind and will not be reproduced.

The Galaxy Series was inspired in part by David Smith’s sculptures Australia and Royal Bird. They are also an exploration of negative space… The Galaxy pieces are structured around lines and curves, but depend heavily as well on the open shapes enclosed by the lines.