George Rickey blows my mind. I have always been fascinated in how artists manage to get large steel sculptures to function, but I have never really given them the credit they deserve.
Rickey, who has sadly passed, started out as a devoted painter and taught art at several schools. He later served in World War II in the Army Air Corps where he was assigned to work with engineers which triggered his interest in science and technology. When he returned from war he resumed his teaching career and began considering bringing movement and geometric form together as art and created his first kinetic sculpture with window glass. Here are some prime examples of the magnificent geometric configurations of George Rickey.
Amazing art coming to life by George Rickey:
Five Open Rectangles
Four Squares Excentric Gyratory III Ver. II.