Thursday, March 26, 2009

Big Bird in Madison's Law Park

Big Bird in Madison's Law Park

There's some kind of giant bird in Law Park, west of Monona Terrace. It's not a Great Blue Heron, not a Sandhill Crane, not even a Canada goose. It's Seabird, a kinetic metal sculpture that moves in the wind, created by Madison artist Kent Hutchison. Isthmus commented last November when the sculpture went up:
Madison claims very few kinetic sculptures, so we've got our eyes wide open ready to see what this recent UW-Steven's Point graduate did with a little wind, some steel, and ball bearings. Seabird, is created in homage to lakefront waterfowl that live in Wisconsin and often make Monona's shores in Law Park their temporary resting ground.
Seabird is just west of Timekeeper, the abstract sculpture by Robert Curtis that went up in 1983, and which celebrated its under-appreciated 25th anniversary last year. In contrast, Seabird is designed to be temporary. It's one of the Madison Arts Commission's BLINK temporary public art projects, and it comes down next November.

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