Going with the Wind: Whirligigs by Atlantic Canadian Artists

June 28 - September 16, 2012    |    Regular Exhibition

The exhibition features wind-drawn sculptural objects which transfer the energy of the wind through rotation to power a simple or more complicated mechanism that results in repetitive motion and / or sounds. The exhibition entitled Going with the Wind: Whirligigs by Atlantic Canadian Artists will be displayed indoors and outdoors at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, NB.

The exhibition will include artwork from public and private collections including: Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Chris Huntington and Charlotte McGill. The exhibition consists of a total of 50 artworks spanning over 50 years, 14 of which are outdoor whirligigs by contemporary Atlantic Canadian artists. The indoor sculptures are by historical and contemporary makers and are kinetic, whimsical, colourful and accessible.

The exhibition will concentrate on wind-drawn whirligigs which transfer the energy of the wind through rotation to power a simple or more complicated mechanism that results in repetitive motions and or sounds. Whirligigs became popular in North America in the mid-18th century and have evolved over the years to be one of the finest examples of folk art expression.

In addition to the artworks from public and private collections, the Gallery has commissioned 13 contemporary artists in Atlantic Canada to create major site-specific whirligigs for installation at both locations. Artists who have provided site-specific installations are: Alanna Baird, Ned Bear, Gerald Beaulieau, Luc Charette, Alfred Ellis, Terry Graff, Scott Higgins, Kerras Jeffrey, Gerard Kelly, John Little, Chas MacKay, Kerry O’Toole and Bill Shaw.

The installation will also include:

  • Four Horses by Max Streicher on the roof of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and
  • A windmill model unit at both locations provided by CanWEA.

 

Sponsors: John and Lucinda Flemer, Isles Foundation, Acadia Broadcasting, Sprott Power Corp.

John and Lucinda Flemer