When at rest, Ghillie Dhu’s Enchantment is a
glistening tree-like form. As a breeze sets its “branches” in motion, the
irregular, gliding movements suggest something magical.
The “branches” seem as if they will touch, but they
pass closely together without contact. The title refers to a guardian spirit of trees in
Scottish folklore. The
Scottish source is appropriate to Gastonia, since many of the
area's original settlers were Scottish.
I have been intrigued by kinetic sculptures
since I was a boy. I
even made a few mobiles as a teenager. I remember seeing mobiles and stabiles by Alexander
Calder on trips to museums. As a young adult I discovered the kinetic sculptures of
George Ricky and Lin Emery. I found the movements in their sculptures to be
captivating. When I
began making sculptures I didn’t have the means to produce
outdoor metal pieces, but I used wood to make numerous mobiles. Ghillie Dhu’s Enchantment was my first
large-scale kinetic sculpture.
12/26/10--In the snow!
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