Saturday, December 03, 2011

“Eclipse” wind kinetic sculpture: captures attention & awakens creativity.

One of the first impressions I got on my initial visit to GSW was the unique sculpture in front of the office.

So, I’ve been doing some research on its design – and its designer.

The name of the structure is “Eclipse,” designed by Robert Mullins and hand-built by the Wind Kinetics Institute, Inc. 

It combines aesthetic design with mechanical fundamentals. It has independent revolving elements that capture even gentle breezes. The movement reminds me of a gyroscope within a gyroscope, because it spinning motion is random yet graceful in the wind.

“Eclipse” represents the principles of kinetic art with moving parts powered by wind. encompassing a wide variety of objects that overlap.

The Wind Kinetics Institute specializes in large, outdoor kinetic wind sculptures for commercial and residential settings. Additionally, the Institute has been producing custom metal fabrications for designers, developers, contractors, universities and corporations nationally and internationally for more than 20 years.

In fact, Wind Kinetics Institute’s work has been installed in every major shopping mall in the United States. Their work can be found at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Vienna Zoo in Austria, The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and many more. The wind sculptures range in height from 12 to 40 feet.

Robert Mullins is a Columbus area resident, business owner, and artist.  He started a metal fabricating shop in 1988, specializing in custom metal sign products.  The Institute has a complete machine shop, tube rolling, and sheet folding equipment, including a planishing hammer and large industrial sized English wheel for customized work in aluminum and copper sheet goods.

To me, “Eclipse” is spellbinding – at times exhilarating or serene. When I look out an office window, or walk by it on my way into work, it captures my attention and awakens my creativity.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

What is the most common metal to use in custom metal art work?