Les Vents
Photo Courtesy of  Larry Bradshaw
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Art Type
Media / Materials
Collection
Year Completed
1986
Credit
Gift to the Des Moines Public Library from American Republic Insurance Company, 1986
Location
Latitude & Longitude
41.585711,-93.632001
Location Description

Les Vents

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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.

 

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“Les Vents” move with the slightest breeze, continually transforming the public artwork’s configuration. While the squares rotate independently, they remain connected, creating an ongoing dialogue between unpredictable motion and prescribed order. Both residents and visitors will sense that the cityscape itself is constantly shifting.

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.