Stainless Steel, Kinetic Wind Sculpture
“The One Bird of Paradise” is a kinetic, wind-driven sculpture in mirror-polished marine grade stainless steel.
2011 – #2 (6m tall) installed at the in the new Sensor Software Park in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province in Southern China.
2010 – #2 (6m tall) – exhibited at the China MTLE International City Public Sculpture Exhibition in Shenzhen, China (Wuxi).
2009 – #1 (3m tall) installed in private estate in Geneva, Switzerland.
2008 – #1 (3m tall) exhibit at the inaugural exhibition at Cuadro Gallery and initiated by the Crown prince, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnDWCxpOKX8
BIRD OF PARADISE- THE INSPIRATION:
BIRD OF PARADISE It is inspired by the beautiful Flower called “Bird of Paradise” and works on a perpetually self-balancing system.
It attracts the eyes, as its petals very slowly swing back and forth in the wind. The inspiration comes from the actual flower with the same name.
It is also called “Crane Flower”. Its gentle and slow swinging motions put the viewer at ease, – and in harmony with the ebb and flow of the wind.
BIRD OF PARADISE – HOW IT WORKS:
Five moving elements (the petals) create a swaying ever-changing shape! As the wind pushes on the elements, they begin to tilt away from the wind, only to be swing back by the weight of the connected elements.
This back and forth motion, at different degrees and speeds for all the 5 segments, shows the sculpture “swaying in the wind in gracefully swinging motions.
BIRD OF PARADISE – HOW TO BEST APPRECIATE IT:
Just as the viewing of fish in an aquarium keeps the interest of the viewer, but also has a very calming effect, – so does watching BIRD OF PARADISE. Watching it swing gently in the wind slows down the breath and thoughts, until they start to synchronize with the natural flow of nature, which is manifested in the movements of the sculpture.