KATONAH, NY.- The Katonah Museum of Art
puts a positive spin on this windy season as it presents George Sherwoods Wind Orchid (slant leaf variation) on the South Lawn. The steel sculptures sheer unpredictability will delight Museum visitors from October 3, 2010 through May 22, 2011.
Wind Orchid is a beautiful addition to the KMA landscape, says Ellen Keiter, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum. Whatever the weather, it casts a mesmerizing spell. It welcomes visitors to the Museums front entrance, while its large scale ensures that the sculpture can be enjoyed by passers-by as well.
Wind Orchid is a 24-foot-tall kinetic sculpture that gracefully responds to the changing environment outside the Museum. The wind choreographs the speed and rotation of the tendrils while stainless steel leaves reflect glimpses of sun and sky. At times they rotate in a slow and measured manner, at other times they spin with dizzying speed, explains Keiter. For more information about George Sherwood and his kinetic sculptures, visit www.georgesherwood.com.
The reflective qualities of stainless steel further the integration of the sculpture into its environment, Sherwood explains of his work. Wind speed and direction, shades of light, time of day, precipitation, and seasonal color interplay to transform the qualities of light and movement. My sculptures are best viewed over extended periods to appreciate the interaction with their natural setting.