Double L Excentric Gyratory II

Stainless steel
George Warren Rickey (b. 1907, South Bend, IN; d. 2002, Saint Paul, MN) 

The two large, L-shaped, stainless steel plates in this 29-foot-high sculpture will never collide no matter how they rotate.  The precision of the design and the random force of the wind become perfect allies. Depending on the strength and direction of the wind, one moment the sculpture is rigid and immobile, while the next it appears dynamic and soaring. We move around the sculpture as the sculpture itself moves, exemplifying Rickey’s interest in how art can be animated by both human presence and nature.

Williams College Museum of Art purchase, Inaugural gift of the Class of 1961 Public Art Fund on the occasion of their 50th Reunion, dedicated in the belief that public art enhances the beauty of the Williams campus, accentuates learning, and stimulates creativity, M.2011.8.

Located outside ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance.