George Rickey

Double L Excentric Gyratory

Double L Excentric Gyratory by George Rickey

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'The visible movement is the design', George Rickey said of his kinetic pieces. The source of this effortless movement is sensed but not seen, as the perfectly balanced L-shaped vanes move lazily, in response to the slightest breeze, or dive and whirl with stronger gusts. It reflects the mood of a particular day as the austere geometric shapes, with their randomly-patterned reflective surfaces, describe perfect arcs and planes in space and, when the wind dies, return to the symmetry and equilibrium of the vanes' vertical stations. Kinetic sculptors need to understand not only the aesthetics of the forms that they use but also the physical and engineering principles that will allow that extra component, movement, to occur in predetermined ways. Here there is an interesting tension set up between the sense of freedom, implied by the movement, and the fact that the elements are invisibly restrained from ever coming into contact with each other. This elegant work is set amongst trees in the Gallery's sculpture court and its purchase coincided with the 1985 exhibition Chance and Change: a century of the avante-garde. 'I think that randomness is a component of nature, and this is one way in which nature is introduced into art, not as something to imitate, but as a kind of component . . . it gives it a very special kind of life'. (from The Guide, 2001)

Title
Double L Excentric Gyratory
Artist/creator
Production date
1985
Medium
stainless steel
Size (h x w)
7163 x 3543 mm
Inscription
(engraved on base) "1/3 Rickey 1985"
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the P A Edmiston Trust, 1985
Accession no
1985/60
Copyright
Copyright Expired
Department
International Art
Display status
On display

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