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He Pioneered Sculptures That Move
Lyman Whitaker isn’t the only artist who makes “art that moves”, but he is a pioneer. With more than 40 years of experience as a sculptor and the last 20 focusing on his Wind Sculptures™, Whitaker uses quality copper and stainless steel in his southern Utah studio.
  “I’ve always liked things that move. Some pieces almost create themselves,” he says. “I feel like I’m an assistant to Mother Nature letting the wind lead me into the right forms.”
  Mounted on sealed ball bearings on top of steel rods, each piece is perfectly balanced to spin in everything from light to strong winds.
  “They are completely silent,” Whitaker says. “They offer a feeling of tranquility and have a calming and grounding effect.”
  His sculptures also take on the nature of the area they are displayed.
  “Copper is a reactive metal and responds to the environment. In the desert it turns a soft brown, for example, and in moist climates it goes turquoise,” he notes.
  Whitaker’s Wind Sculptures have become some of the most sought after art pieces in the fine art galleries that represent him. His smallest pieces are 5 to 6 ft. tall and start at $500. His largest art installation was completed in Lancaster, Penn., with pieces up to 35 ft. tall and included 42 wind sculptures.
  Described by art lovers as a “visual symphony” or sculptures that “dance to the rhythm of nature,” Whitaker’s work is sold at select fine art galleries throughout the country.
  “The most important thing is the reaction people have to my work. That brings me the greatest satisfaction,” Whitaker says.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Whitaker Studio (www.whitakerstudio.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1