Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.” ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

On a sunny, windy day my brother Dwight and I zoomed up to visit the Wind, Waves and Light exhibition at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA. Come join me today for a look-see…

We thoroughly enjoyed the extraordinary exhibit designed by sculptor George Sherwood, who holds degrees in both engineering and art. Each stainless steel kinetic sculpture captures light and moves with the wind in ways reflective of the natural world around us.

This “Surf” sculpture captured the light and kept spinning around like a school of fish. (My brother, who maintains two fish tanks at home, really liked this one!)

Here’s another view of the same “Surf” sculpture. On a windy day we enjoyed watching it constantly change.

This “Colarium” sculpture looks like the moon, but getting closer all kinds of bright colors bounced through it from the sunlight.

On this “Six Gyres & Moon” sculpture, every component spun around its axis.

Walking around the Japanese Garden paths, we stumbled upon these kinetic birds twirling in the “Turns” sculpture.

More than doing hula hoops, these kinetic birds spun every which way, even upside down!

We also encountered this “Memory of Fibonacci” sculpture in the Japanese Garden. The design of the dots kept changing with the wind and sunlight. COOL!

Here’s a “reflective” sunny view…

This tall “Wind Orchid” moved and swayed in a flowery dance.

Hidden among flowers, the “Dichroic Sphere” sculpture reflected sunlight in turquoise hues on this side.

When viewed from the other side fiery colors popped out. Again, COOL!

I loved the colors on this hanging “Col Du Couleur” sculpture in the Conservatory.

This “Memory of Water” sculpture made a impression as light reflected on drops moving within the bubble.

Hope you enjoyed this tour of these amazing art-in-motion sculptures. Still photographs can’t quite capture how cool it was – especially on a windy day – to experience the constant movement and explosions of color. But, you can get a general idea!

grace, peace & Moving Art

Virginia : )

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” ~ E. B. White

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19 Responses to Wind, Waves and Light: Art in Motion

  1. gmccjosinski says:

    Beautiful photographs

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you Carol-Jo, I should have posted one of Dwight’s videos so you get the idea of motion. Each sculpture kept moving, especially on the windy day we visited. (We had to hold on to our lunches – they almost blew away!) Huge hugs! VA

  2. craig says:

    This is really intriguing! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Debbie says:

    Love this, Virginia! I’m going to have to add it to my list of “must-see” places. Gee, there are so many cool things here, and I thank you for letting me see them through your lens!

    • Virginia says:

      We were so glad to catch this exhibit a few days before it left. It’s a blessing in our blogosphere to enjoy “visiting” so many places virtually. I loved your fall walk the other week – your fall colors are so far ahead of us, so beautiful! Although now more are changing here. Woot woot! Blessings, Debbie !!!

  4. TMH says:

    Looks like a lot of fun and interesting things to see.

    • Virginia says:

      Tim, we were blown away (literally on a windy day) and figuratively by the art-in-motion sculptures. Completely COOL! Hope that you are staying out of fire zones and keeping safe! Big blessings & (germ free) hugs. So weird, we are a huggy bunch but have been doing air hugs and elbow bumps (for close family.) It will be nice to getting back to hugs as the norm.
      – Virginia : )

  5. arlene says:

    They are all lovely.

    • Virginia says:

      It was a real treat to see these art-in-motion sculptures before the exhibit left, Arlene. I know you would really love the gardens – they also have a big orchid section. Blessings! Virginia 🙂

  6. Halbarbera says:

    A gallery of interesting photos!

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