By Chris Contos
The kinetic sculpture Flight is about the interaction of the positive and negative space within the ever-changing angles created by different observation points. The movement of the paddles in the breeze creates dynamic new angles and shadows with time. The triadic radial design carries from the base to the tip of the paddles. Each level of paddles is set on bearings to allow independent movement. The wind playfully moves the paddles with starts, stops, and direction changes. The long angular shapes draw viewers from a distance; the smooth edges invite touch as the viewers see the brown and sky blue paddles moving above their heads. As the viewer walks closer, the angles between elements continually change.
Flight is the culmination of years of work in metal kinetic sculptures. I love the playful nature of wind movement. Flight creates a wind dance that gives each viewer joy.
Steel, patina and heat coloration
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park
25 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ 85225