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 has been fascinated by wind since he was a child. “Wind has always seemed mysterious and even a little bit scary to me” he said. “Wind is a medium. It’s invisible, it’s tactile, and it’s a convenient power source for kinetic energy.”
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. “Everything in the world is designed to amp you up” says Lyman. “These sculptures are designed to take you down, to relax you, to make you feel comfortable.”
Lyman said the question he is most asked about his sculptures is where he gets his inspiration. His answer, “I work more by intuition than by inspiration. I have faith in the process that it will unfold, like an author who writes a character, and then what happens can be a surprise.”
Visitors to Morris Arboretum will have the chance to experience more than 50 kinetic wind sculptures throughout the garden. All of Lyman’s sculptures will be available for purchase through Leopold Gallery, and 25% of all sales will benefit Morris Arboretum. An addition of art in one’s garden is a gift to Morris Arboretum. Lyman says “The garden is a perfect venue for my pieces. Since they are derivative of plant forms, they feel at home among plants.”
Learn more about the work of Lyman Whitaker at www.leopoldgallery.com.