George Rickey’s Kinetic sculptures move into Meijer Gardens

Celebrating the centennial of the artist’s birth, this exhibition features a 50-year survey of Rickey’s indoor and outdoor kinetic sculpture. Trained originally as a painter, Rickey turned to sculpture in 1949. In 1964, when his kinetic pieces Two Lines Temporal, was shown at the international art fair Documenta III, he established himself internationally “as a major figure in the history of kinetic sculpture.”

Placed prominently in front of the entrance of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Rickey’s stainless steel sculpture seemingly defies gravity as it scissors back and forth to the vicissitudes of the capricious Michigan wind. The striking piece serves as the centerpiece of a group of seven kinetic works by the internationally renowned artist that dances on the lawn in a random routine choreographed by Mother Nature.

“People will be asking themselves, ‘How did he do that?’ or trying to figure it out themselves,” said Joseph Becherer, the Gardens’ curator and director of sculpture. “Already our docents have had to convince visitors that these aren’t motorized.”

The exhibit will be on display Sept. 28 through Dec. 31, 2007

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