Photo Courtesy of  Corey Gaffer
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Courtesy of the artist.
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Visible on 16th Street and Woodland Avenue facing Hoyt Sherman Theater, Des Moines, Iowa.

Hulking Giants

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Hulking Giants, part of a project called Tilting at Windmills, are shown on both corners of the Cubic form of the artist’s studio. They are respectively 576cm (19ft) and 384cm (13ft) high and 64cm (2.1ft) wide. Both are attached to a synchronized digital loop player.

These two (2) visual art displays rotate at a constant speed of about 3 seconds per revolution and are in motion 24/7, regardless the season and weather conditions. The displays are periodically with new compositions that will be reflected in these same pages.

“Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them.”

"What giants?" asked Sancho Panza.

"Those you see over there," replied his master, "with their long arms. Some of them have arms well nigh two leagues in length."

"Take care, sir," cried Sancho. "Those over there are not giants but windmills. Those things that seem to be their arms are sails which, when they are whirled around by the wind, turn the millstone."

― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote - first published in 1604, under the title The Ingenious Knight of La Mancha.

I created this art display to show the real face of the hulking giants: Pacific rotating sails in a field of multicolored flowers. But stay vigilant my friend, with the push of a button they may transform back into Hulking Giants...