This work is an organic-seeming lyrical machine built from hand-made wooden gears and curving leaf-shaped sails. As the sails turn in the wind they spin the gears into motion. Today gears are the archetype for technology; this machine invests the symbol of functional machinery with grace and an air of the wondrous. The man-made meets natural forms.
A leaf is a solar panel, evolved for receiving solar energy and constructing life out of the air. Energy is received and transformed in leaves as they perform photosynthesis, the beginning of organic life on our planet. The supporting curve in this work echoes the shape of the cell, bearing the intricate biochemical machinery that creates our natural world and the oxygen we breathe. The curving forms also echo sails: an ancient graceful machine that embodies responsive engagement with the world through technology and skill.
This sculpture echoes leaves, sails, wings, and the movements of wind turbines — all are graceful ways of accepting energy from the world. Our machinery can be moved by grace, and this sculpture envisions that harmony.