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Rhett Johnson’s Kinetic sculpture

I don’t think there is anything more delightfully squirly whirly than this self-propelled extravaganza inspired by the automata animated carvings of Paul Boyer. The work defies gravity like the worlds greatest trapeze artists. Saturated colored acrylic twirl through the air mimicking  Cirque du Soleil acrobats. Watching the event can easily put you in a  b e a u t i f u l kaleidoscopic meditation.  And, this 9 foot tall phantasmagorical contraption is still only a prototype, born from the heart of a genetically different farmer man who goes by the name of Mr. Rhett Johnson.

This piece might seem illusory or impossible to achieve, but I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Capturing it on my iPhone for the entire globe to see. The material used is common acrylic, hardware store parts, plumbing odds-n-ends and ¼ steel rod to name a few.  But once stamped, bent and twisted by Rhett there is no material left humdrum. Simply, it is pure spinning imagination at its best.

The next step in his creative recipe is to pour some more artistic sugar on the already sweet kinetic sculpture. When fully conceived, this multi-dimensional extravaganza will be nearly 2-1/2 stories tall. Eventually, it will hitch a ride on over to the windy city of Chicago as a permeant installation for guests at the new Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s. Families staying at the 14 story house will have the opportunity to set in motion this magnificent centerpiece by turning hand driven touch points.

So where am I in all this? I am playing one part artist and two parts project manager. For the next 19 months a dream team of imaginers will go to playful work making ordinary things extraordinary. In the following months I will keep you up to date with Rhett and the other dream team chap’s work. As far as the “one part artist” gig, I will be designing 80 miniature doors for the RMH Chicago donor recognition wall called Doors of Hope. (More on that when I launch the  Doors of Hope blog series found under the category PROJECTS.)



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Chris - February 16, 2011 - 11:01 pm

Lynn, me too!

Lynn - February 16, 2011 - 10:32 pm

Can’t wait to see it in action! Jaw dropping.

Chris - February 4, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Mary, That is cool. The piece is scheduled to be installed in summer of 2012.
Hopefully you will see sis a couple of times before then.

Mary LaPrairie - February 4, 2011 - 1:26 pm

Can’t wait to read more about this! Will def go see it on my next trip to see my sister.

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