Hypnartic Artwork offered Charleston, South Carolina its own version of southern charm with a lively outdoor display of its Solar Flare kinetic wind sculpture during the company’s January visit to the largest and oldest city in the Palmetto State as part of its 2018 East Coast Tour.
Solar Flare Charleston video
The Solar Flare sculpture enlivened the scenic grounds of the White Point Garden located within Charleston’s Historic District with an energetic mixed media exhibit. Each of Solar Flare’s five gleaming stainless steel curved blades spun in tandem while stationed before the towering Salisbury Pink granite pyramid of the USS Hobson Memorial.
The dual display juxtaposed a stark contrast between the modern materials and engineering used in the creation of the metal sculpture with that of the historic stone monument. The pair seamlessly blends America’s current manufacturing advancements with its historical ship building and naval past.
The USS Hobson Memorial features a black sundial inset on its face located atop an inscribed list of names of the 176 U.S. Navy servicemen who had perished at sea on April 26, 1952 while stationed upon the sunken the USS Hobson (DD-64) destroyer warship. This fatal accident occurred when the USS Hobson collided with its fellow U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Wasp (CV-18) while executing a nighttime turn in the North Atlantic off the coast of the Azores.
The base of the USS Hobson monument is surrounded by a collection of 36 eclectic-shaped granite inscribed with the home states for each of the fallen U.S. Navy servicemen. The memorial’s architect of record is William Henry Deacy whose professional credits include the Arkansas State Memorial located within the expansive Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, the Boy Scout Commemorative Tribute Memorial in Washington, D.C and the Horace Greeley Memorial in Chappaqua, NY among other monuments.
While the size of Charleston spans just under 157 square miles, a plethora of well-preserved historical residential, commercial and religious architecture fills the compact city. Its vast portfolio of structures encompass diverse styles of Federal, Georgian, Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne. A multitude of churches of various religious denominations graces Charleston’s cityscape earning its Holy City nickname.
As a testament to the architectural design quality of its structures, a portion of Charleston’s downtown Historic District was declared as a National Historic Landmark District in 1960 prior to being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
In addition to the diversity of its architectural gems, Charleston offers signature designs such as the Charleston Single House and Rainbow Row. The former refers to a narrow house design featuring an exterior covered porch attached to an interior living space consisting of one expansive room. Meanwhile, Rainbow Row colorful cluster of thirteen historic homes each painted in a bright pastel is perhaps Charleston’s most photographed attraction.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial served as a brilliant backdrop for one of Hypnartic Artwork's shining stars.
Hypnartic Artwork Solar Flare Wind Sculpture East Coast tour would not be complete without a visit to Washington, D.C.
The Jefferson Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington D.C. It was built in honor of Third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. It’s distinctive design was developed by an American architect by the name of John Russell Pope. The Bronze Statue of Thomas Jefferson inside of the monument was added four years later, by sculptor Rudolph Evans.
John Russell Pope was a very talented architect during the 1920s. He is widely recognized for his other pieces in Washington DC, such as the National Archives and Records Administration building and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.
Pope is also known for contributing to the outlines of the famous Vanderbilt houses, creating the blueprints for the Plattsburgh City Hall in New York, and sketching the design of the Science Museum in Richmond, Virginia. His work for the Payne Whitney Gymnasium at Yale University was so impressive, he was rewarded with a Silver medal during the 1932 Summer Olympics.
He spent years in Europe studying and drawing European architectural style. His buildings are unique here in the United States because he incorporates many aspects of Roman design. The Jefferson Memorial reflects features of the Roman Pantheon, through the use of columns, domes, and marble, as well as concepts from “The Rotunda”, which was designed by Jefferson himself, and is now located at the University of Virginia.
Pope’s unique style was expressed through all of his work, most certainly including his own home. John Russell Pope’s home was also known as “The Waves” Estate, and is located on the charming coastline of Newport, Rhode Island. Just a few miles south of Jamestown, Rhode Island, the location of Hypnartic Artwork’s main headquarters.
Hypnartic Artwork's "Wind Sculptures Across America Tour" takes on Jacksonville, Florida, as a part of their 2017 East Coast Kinetic Art Tour. Beginning in New York and ending in Jacksonville Florida, the great cities of the East Coast were met with kinetic brilliance at every turn.
Jacksonville is located in the Northeastern corner of Florida, and is known for being the largest city, and having the greatest population in the entire state.
It’s coast lies along the Atlantic Ocean, while the Saint John’s River is located directly in the middle of the city. The Main Street Bridge has been used to drive across the Saint Johns River since 1941. In 1957, the bridge was re-named after the mayor, John T. Alsop Jr., and it’s official name is now the “The John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge."
Solar Reflections wind sculpture at the Main Street Bridge, Jacksonville
The bridge’s unique blue color, and contemporary architectural design plays a crucial role in the picturesque view of the Jacksonville city. The John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge, the Saint John River, and the stunning Jacksonville skyline provided a beautiful backdrop for Hypnartic Artworks newest sculpture “Solar Flare."
Friendship Fountain, Jacksonville, FL
Saint Johns River Park, also known as Friendship Fountain Park, it was designed by Architect Taylor Hardwick. He created a fountain that was capable of forcing seventeen thousand gallons of water through three pumps, and reaching one hundred feet into the air. Hardwick’s design has given Jacksonville the honor of having the largest and tallest fountain in the world. It involves 36 nozzles, each contain red, pink, blue, and orange colored lights which illuminate the rising moon and enhance the skyline every night.
Hypnartic Artwork’s unique wind sculptures were a perfect fit for Jacksonville’s passion for fine art. Jacksonville is recognized for being the cultural center of Northern Florida. One of their most popular events would be the monthly “Art Walk," where they present a free gallery of local artwork, in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The art walk also features food trucks, music, and an outdoor art fair. Aside from the Art Walk, they offer Broadway productions in the Downtown Performing Arts Center, local art, food, and music every weekend during the winter season, an Art Walk on the beach, and a hand-made art festival, called San Marco. The San Marco Art Festival is hosted twice a year, introducing locally made paintings, jewelry, photographs, and glass to the Jacksonville community.
Liberty State Park, Jersey City
Along the coast where the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay meet. The park is just a mile from the widely recognized landmarks of The State of Liberty and Ellis Island and they are visible across the river. The park was formed by the neighboring island, known as “Black Tom”. The Lehigh Valley Railroad had owned the land at the time and decided to connect it to the rest of the state. They added a railroad, but later decided that was not enough. The company decided to expand the island by filling in the area to make it part of the mainland of New Jersey, along with what is now known as Liberty State Park, a common destination for public recreation! The park is known as being home to the “Empty Sky” memorial and Liberty Walkway.
Solar Flare Wind Sculpture stands tall at the Liberty Walkway
“Empty Sky” memorial to 9/11 was designed by architect Frederic Schwartz. It was built in 2011 for the ten year anniversary of the attacks. Two walls, each 30 feet high, are placed parallel for 208 feet, which create a path that focuses where the World Trade Center towers once stood. The name is taken from the Bruce Springsteen song, “Empty Sky”, as the towers reflect the emptiness in the sky now that the twin towers are no longer there. Engraved are the names of 746 people from New Jersey who were lost in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, as well as the 9/11 attacks to the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.
The Hudson River Walkway is on the west coast of the Hudson River. It covers over eighteen miles. It is a popular bike route, and is free at all times for the public to experience and appreciate. The portion of the walk way that falls inside of Liberty State Park is called the Liberty Walkway. Along the path, one may find a private bridge to Ellis Island, a State of Liberty Observatory, a memorial to the Black Tom Explosions during World War I, play grounds, and picnic grounds. In 1995, the Liberty Walkway was awarded for it’s intricate landscape.
Throughout the entire duration of the Liberty Walkway, the eye-catching Statue of Liberty can be seen, hence the name “Liberty Walkway”. The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France in 1886 and has had over 3 million visitors since.
The authentic design became a worldwide symbol of freedom, as France helped to hold the torch for the United States, to light the way towards Liberty. Hypnartic Artwork was honored to stand near Lady Liberty, adding a new element of art and freedom to Liberty State Park and all it has to offer.
Suspension Bridges are one of the most reliable types of bridges used for transportation. Their complex structure and unique design gives them the ability to move and adapt to different circumstances. Similar to a wind sculpture, their kinetic movement is generated by the wind. The bridge’s intricate assembly embodies a commendable ingenuity. It’s distinctive configuration represents an eccentric form of art, in addition to an impressive performance. Their flexibility grants the bridge with extra stability, allowing it to accommodate heavy weight and excessive winds. Suspension cables play a huge role in the bridges stunning appearance, as well as thier function and dependability.
In addition to automobiles passing over, the people walking over adds another kinetic feature to the bridges
These bridges symbolize stability, as they are able to adapt in our ever-evolving society, making them one of the most efficient inventions, as well as an admired architectural beauty. These kinetic works of art are considered iconic, as the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most popular landmarks in the United States. The Brooklyn Bridge was built in 1883, making it one of the oldest suspension bridges, along with being the first steel wire suspension bridge ever built. In 1964 it was declared a National Historic Landmark.
Another prominent bridge in New York would be the Manhattan Bridge. Opened in 1909, the bridge crosses over the East River in the New York City to connect Manhattan to Brooklyn. It was admired for its unique design and was used as a model for many of its bridges of its time. It has an upper level with four lanes, two for each roadway, and a lower level with three lanes to meets the needs of subways, walkers and bikers. The entrance was designed with a triumphal arch and colonnade, which is a Neo-classical style commonly used in Roman structures.
Another impressive suspension bridge would be the Newport Bridge. The bridges teal-blue color compliments the deep-blue Narragansett Bay water that it crosses over. Located in Rhode Island, among Aquidneck Island and Conanicut Island, connecting the city of Newport to the town of Jamestown. It’s construction in 1969 costed a total of $54,742,000 to complete. It was given it’s official title in 1992, after the United States Senator Claiborne Pell. This suspension bridge has about 27,000 vehicles drive over it each day, as it is a major key in the everyday commute of many locals
Solar Reflection kinetic wind art & the Newport Bridge in Rhode Island
Some may consider ice sculptures to be one of the most beautiful and skillful techniques. Using a raw, natural resource and some very precise tools, people are able to turn something as simple as water into a unique work of art. Some of the first ice carvings were much more practical than how ice carvings are typically used today.
The first record of harvested ice was during 600 B.C.E, from farmers in northwestern China, who would freeze waters from their over-flooded farms, and use ice blocks to preserve seafood during hot summer months. It has also been proven that in areas such as Canada, Alaska, and Greenland, people would use ice to help build homes, similar to The first record of harvested ice was during 600 B.C.E, from farmers in northwestern China, who would freeze waters from their over-flooded farms, and use ice blocks to preserve seafood during hot summer months. It has also been proven that in areas such as Canada, Alaska, and Greenland, people would use ice to help build homes, similar to igloos.
Today, many people have ice sculptures to enhance the presentations of certain food dishes, or at special events such as weddings, as a decoration. They even have certain “Ice Bars” where the entire bar is made of ice, or at home parties it is popular to have an Ice Luge.
Ice Carving Competition - 2016 Food and Wine Festival - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Perfecting the art of ice-sculpting takes a lot of practice, as it must be carved very particularly, but in a short amount of time so it does not melt, or while in a very cold room. Now, machines and molding systems are used to carve complicated designs in the ice, but in culinary schools, students are still taught traditional ice sculpting techniques.
All over the world, different countries show off their various ice sculptures at different festivals. Alaska hosts the World Ice Art Championships, which is the largest ice sculpture competition with visitors and sculptors from up to 30 countries and has over 100 participants. They also include ice activities for the 40,000 spectators, including ice skating, ice sliding, and an ice maze. Each January, Russia presents a similar the International Festival of Snow and Ice Sculptures along the frozen Yenisei River.
The craft of sculpting ice has become such a popular art form that people are now paying to visit some of the largest carvings of ice ever created. North America is home to the “Ice Castles” attractions, where various large ice creations can be found at five locations designed by this company.
They are located in Canada, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah, and Wisconsin. Prices range from $9.00 to $20.00 per person per day depending on age, time, and location. The visit includes ice palaces, houses, slides and rooms. Walk through this frozen winter wonderland at night when it is illuminated with deep purple, blue, green, and pink colors.
The following video was shot in Evergreen, Colorado as part of our Wind Sculpture Across America Tour. We shot this on a rainy day Fall day at dusk.
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Sailing enthusiasts are sure to agree that the challenge of navigating upon open waters is a mesmerizing, enjoyable and relaxing experience that gets them as close to Mother Nature as humanly possible.While the graceful performances of such water aficionados make their journey appear effortless and easy to execute, in reality, a great amount of knowledge, ability, skill, talent and timing are required to successfully chart any given course. Extensive patience in awaiting to seize the opportunity for a sail to catch wind in order for a boat to move about towards its destination is also needed.
However, sailing is not necessarily a unanimously preferred recreational activity. For those who prefer to keep their sea legs ashore yet remain desirous of gaining a meditative journey, adding a kinetic wind sculpture to a personal outdoor space at their home might just be the ideal solution. Utilizing the similar premise of sailing which relies upon the wind’s direction and velocity, a kinetic wind sculpture harnesses the energy of available natural breezes to move, turn and rotate. Like a sailor, it eagerly awaits the chance to catch the energy of wind to perform for and impress its viewers. The sculpture’s movement provides audiences with a mesmerizing motion that enables a relaxing escape.
Hypnartic Artwork offers a collection of four kinetic wind sculptures including Solar Reflections cast from stainless steel and Spinning Leaves, Concord Swan and Wind Weaver cast from copper.
The meticulous engineering and innovative design of each offers a handsome element of creative expression when in motion and while at rest. The body of the Wind Weaver sculpture resembles flower petals that when spinning appear like a wind enveloped sail. Meanwhile, the stainless steel arms of Solar Reflections scissor the air and spins akin to a pirouetting ballerina. Set upon ball-bearings, each Hypnartic Artwork sculpture quietly and smoothly rotates 360 degrees upon harnessing breezes that come its way. The sculpture’s lively movement exudes a meditative sense that can quickly transform otherwise stagnant environments into a personal oasis of relaxation.
From Mesopotamia, To Utah, To Rome, Gardening and Outdoor Decor Has Been An Essential Factor To Daily Life
Since the first civilization known to man, Mesopotamia, gardening has been an essential factor to daily life. Those from 600 B.C.E maintained gardens for aesthetic reasons as well as agricultural. The mythical Hanging Gardens of Babylon are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. According to legend, King Nebuchanezzar ordered his people to build the extensive garden to remind his wife of her homeland. It was projected to have taken 43 years to complete.
The practice of horticulture has been perpetual, from Babylon to the Italian Renaissance, a time where many people were inspired turn to all types of art forms, including gardening.
Many people began planting gardens within their own land or around statues and water fountains because gardens symbolized peace. One of the most famous being The Gardens of the Palace of Versallies, followed by France’s Château de Villandry.
The Chinese cultures also withhold the value to embody peace through gardening, which they imply by using philosophical values in their gardens to portray their Ying/Yang lifestyle. The idea of Ying/Yang is the focus of balance and harmony. There are infinite ways to depict their traditions through gardening, many turn to including red and gold colors compliment each other because they represent luck and wealth. Some turn to utilizing natural objects to illustrate the balance of two opposing forces, such as soft flowing water and dense stones to offer a balance of energy in their garden.
Contemporary gardens have been shaped by those of the past, as they still symbolize a place for peace. Currently, gardens are as essential to an architect as building designs. Gardens are most commonly found in the twenty-first century with Garden Ornaments, used in home gardens, public gardens, and parks. Ornaments can be a wide variety of sorts, from bird-baths and water fountains to pink plastic flamingos and kinetic sculptures.
Kinetic Sculptures are a distinct form of art-structures which conduct movement or an illusion. Kinetic Wind Sculptures are powered by the wind to create an exquisite pattern or motion which can enhance the beauty and tranquility of any garden.
Their elegance and intricate design can embellish an outdoor area and evoke an aberrant balance of energy. A Hypnartic Artwork wind sculpture may be the perfect addition to transform a garden or any outdoor setting into a peaceful, unique locality.
Located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, Hypnartic Artwork’s Spinning Leaves wind sculpture accompanies the historic Hotel President as they close out Hypnartic's Fall Wind Sculptures Across America Tour for the year. This archival building was originally named “President Hotel,” when built in the 1920’s, during one of the largest economic booms America has ever known.
Located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, Hypnartic Artwork’s Spinning Leaves wind sculpture accompanies the historic Hotel President as they close out Hypnartic's Fall Wind Sculptures Across America Tour. This archival building was originally named “President Hotel,” when built in the 1920’s, during one of the largest economic booms America has ever known.
Designed by the best local architects of the time, Siedhoff Shepard and George Wiser, the hotel has a brown-brick pattern and gothic styled windows, giving an early twentieth century tone. The construction is credited to a Niagara Falls business man, Frank Dudley.
The hotel closed in the year 1980 and did not re-open until 2005, when the Hilton Hotel Corporation purchased it and changed the name to “Hotel President”. In conjunction with the Hilton, developers Ron Jury from Overland Park and Gastinger Walker Harden Architects, re-designed the hotel with a forty-five million dollar restoration project. This project consisted of renovating each bedroom, from 453 smaller stay rooms into 213 spacious guest rooms and suites. Many ballrooms and meeting rooms, and it’s famous Drum Room were completely remodeled.
The sophisticated design of the Spinning Leaves kinetic sculpture mirrors the complex aura of the city, which is home to other Missouri landmarks build during the 1920’s such as The Mainstream Theater, Midland Theater, and Kansas City Power and Light building.
Complimenting the detailed to the ceilings, columns and floors of the prominent Hotel President, the Spinning Leaves wind sculpture captures the presidential essence in it’s intricate design of copper leaves facing alternating directions.
Wind Sculptures Made For A President
Hotel President was significant because it played a key role as the base for the Republican National Convention in 1928, which is the convention which nominated thirty-first president Herbert Hoover.
Another distinguished aspect of Hotel President would be it’s well known Drum Room, which was a large attraction starting in 1941 throughout the mid nineteen hundreds, made famous by hosting well known singers and entertainers such as Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Patsy Cline. It was registered as a National Historic Place in 1983.