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Artist Creates Abstract-Art Sculpture Installations That Move With The Wind
January 20, 2016
Looking out on Anthony Howe's garden is like taking a peek into another world. A 7-foot human face stands in front of three windmills that move "not unlike a jellyfish," he explained to Vice in a video. "Or a space creature."
Howe is a sculptor, but not the kind most would imagine. Rather than creating static pieces out of stone, the Washington state artist harnesses wind power to create "kinetic sculptures" — moving art installations that range from the visually interesting to the outright surreal.
Take, for example, the face on Howe's lawn — it is a sculpture known as "About Face."
The larger-than-life face is made up of "100 individually balanced and weighted copper panels moving in the wind, some free swinging and others articulated by spinning stainless cups," according to Howe's website.
With so many pieces and moving parts, some of his works end up being very complex.
Howe simplifies the process by using computers to help him precisely cut metal and visualize his 3-D sculptures during the production of his work, but he believes relying too much on computers can be dangerous. In a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread, Howe warned others of the "seductiveness" of using computers to create art — allowing artists to achieve "elaborate results" with ease.
Howe told Vice he believes the most important aspect of his work doesn't rely on computer software, it comes from the soul.
"What matters is putting human feeling into your design."