On April 1st, Morris Arboretum debuts its new 2017 exhibit, Morris Arboretum in Motion featuring kinetic wind sculptures by artist Lyman Whitaker.
Lyman Whitaker is an American sculptor working in southern Utah. Whitaker has been a working sculptor for more than 40 years. Since the early 1980s, Whitaker has focused on kinetic art, creating "Wind SculpturesTM"--- artworks driven by the wind. His constructs are organic in nature and dependent upon their natural surroundings to provide their movement. They are also intended to make observers think about their surroundings and their own relationship to nature.
Lyman Whitaker’s compositions are all hand-crafted in his studio. They range in height from 5-27 feet tall and can be installed alone, in small groupings, or in Wind ForestsTM. The kinetic shapes are bold and distinctive, and sculptures are fabricated from copper, steel, and stainless steel that provide beauty and strength.
By placing the sculptures in settings that are dependent on natural elements for movement, participants are prompted to think about their surroundings. When seen in motion these wind sculptures create a mesmerizing effect for viewers.
Visitors to Morris Arboretum will have the chance to experience 50+ kinetic wind sculptures throughout the garden. All sculptures will be available for purchase, in addition to Lyman Whitaker’s entire kinetic sculpture collection through the Leopold Gallery. 25% of all sales will benefit Morris Arboretum so a wonderful addition of art in one’s garden is a gift to Morris Arboretum as well.
Embracing the kinetic theme of Morris Arboretum in Motion, 2017 marks the 20th year of its ever-popular Garden Railway. Model trains will be in motion zipping around an outdoor quarter mile track, surrounded by miniature plantings and meticulous replicas of famous Philadelphia landmarks and other buildings with a whimsical theme.
Learn more about the work of Lyman Whitaker at www.leopoldgallery.com.