Whirligig at North Carolina Museum of Art


The North Carolina Museum of Art Park has a Whirligig named Wind Machine – this is our video of the art piece. This video is best viewed in HD and full screen. Don’t forget to hit us with a thumbs up on YouTube.

Vollis Simpson, Wind Machine, 2002, steel and other media, H. 30 x L. 30 x D. 15 ft., Commissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Art with funds from the William R. Roberson Jr. and Frances M. Roberson Endowed Fund for North Carolina Art, 2009 Vollis Simpson.

A World War II veteran, Simpson built his first wind machine, as a power source, while stationed on the island of Saipan. He started creating kinetic sculptures out of found objects when he retired in 1985 in eastern North Carolina. Made of discarded parts from cars, trucks, bicycles, farm machinery, streetlights, and highways signs, Simpson’s whirligigs transform cast-off, everyday objects and industrial materials into whimsical wind machines.