Client: Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade
Location: Frederick, MD, United States
Completion date: 2021
Marguerite de Messieres
An exploration of bird murmurations that is reflective and emotional, honoring the weight of loneliness and power of community. This kinetic sculpture has three levels of response to the wind: the aluminum tiles move in the slightest breeze, the first axis spins in a light breeze, and the main axis rotates when there is a stronger wind. Calibrated counterweights allow the main sculpture to move slowly and fluidly in contrast with the shimmering and reactive cloud of tiles. A central pair of stainless-steel gears engages the movement of the entire piece and prevents it from finding equilibrium. Built of hollow-form steel.
steel, aluminum, automotive enamel, 24K gold leaf
5 x 14 x 10’
Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade is a not-for-profit privately-funded project adding vitality and beautification to Downtown Frederick, Maryland by offering residents and organizations the opportunity to sponsor regional artisans in the creation of kinetic art sculptures or to partner their resources towards the display of artwork in the middle of Carroll Creek year around.
This sculpture was developed in partnership with a private sponsor and the Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade, supported by the Carroll Creek Rotary Club of Frederick, MD, with approval by the Frederick Arts Council. Selected proposals are funded by sponsors for a two year (or more) installation in the center of Carroll Creek. Additional support and coordination was provided by local engineers and developers (of the pyramid bases holding the kinetic sculptures in the creek) as well as local crane operators and volunteers from the Rotary Club for support during installation.