Edward Lee Hendricks’ trio of kinetic sculptures, called Les Vents (“The Winds”), are made of aluminum and stainless steel. Carefully crafted, these three graceful, precisely calibrated sculptures move with the wind at unpredictable intervals. Each calls attention to the effects of wind, light, and the changing surroundings.
The sculptures are sited in Western Gateway Park, between the Central Public Library and the Pappajohn Education Center, where the open public space provides gentle gusts of wind.
Les Vents move with the slightest breeze, continually transforming the sculptures’ configuration. stainless steel blades attached to a thin tall scaffold welded to a vertical poll. rotate independently, they remain connected, creating an ongoing dialogue between unpredictable motion and prescribed order. Looking through the open squares, viewers will sense that the landscape itself is constantly shifting.