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Monday, April 6, 2009

That's My World: NC Art Museum Park - The Wind Marchine

I took the photograph below on Sunday in the NC Art Museum's Park. The work in the center is titled The Wind Machine (created in 2002) and is by Vollis Simpson (born 1919). There is a PBS story about Vollis Simpson and his whirligigs online if you click here. The smokestack on the right operated the Polk Youth Prison's power plant and is what remains of that prison whose site is now part of the Museum Art Park. My post below shows the smokestack in a monochrome shot from a different angle.



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23 comments:

erin said...

what a fascinating looking contraption. does it work?

Louise said...

That is QUITE a whirligig!

Mojo said...

I might not have realized this was a sculpture if you hadn't said so. Looks pretty functional (though I'd have no clue what function it might serve).

Elisabeth's bright side said...

The windmachine looks great. An interesting piece of work.

Sylvia K said...

That is indeed a whirligig if I ever saw one!! Fascinating! Great shot! Have a great week!

Mary Elizabeth said...

Interesting and great shot!
Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.
Mary Elizabeth Now and Then.

Babooshka said...

It does look so much like a working contraption. Your my world's are always so fascinating.

kayleen said...

What fascinating interesting things you learn as you wander the internet. Simpsons whirligigs are fascinating. Great photo

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Reader Wil said...

Interesting machine! What is it used for? Or is it just a piece of art? Thanks for your visit.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

How fun and interesting to learn more about the wind machine! Don't you mean "That's my World" as opposed to "That's my Word."? You are so on thop of all these themes. What an inspiration.

Guy D said...

Wow is that ever cool, great capture.

Have a great week!
Guy
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Carver said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting. The whirligig is not functional, it's just there for art. I had to laugh when it was pointed out that I'd titled my post That's my Word. I of course meant world and fixed it.

Janie said...

The whirligig pole looks quite interesting I'll bet kids love to look at it.
Great photo.

Jenn Jilks said...

Green grass! Wow.

SandyCarlson said...

That's a neat windmill. NC rocks.

Cezar and Léia said...

So interesting stuff!
Wonderful shot!
Léia

mannanan said...

What a great picture of an amazing piece of machinery. Had a look at your link. One ingenious guy. Whirlygig a great word. We wouild say that it was rather "Heath Robinson". Thanks for sharing your world with us.

Arija said...

The wind mcine is a bit like the old mouse trap game. Fun post.

antigoni said...

Great post and photo.

Indrani said...

Interesting art! So well done that it looks almost real.

Me and my puppies said...

Yes, that is a whirligig!! How fun!!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

That is a really fascinating work of art and love the chimney in the distance too.

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