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Water Wheel

1979

12ft. x 12ft. x 12ft.

A clear vinyl apron mounted between steel wheels.


When the piece is exhibited outdoors the wheel contains about 6 quarts of water. When the wheel is spun, the swell of water gradually increases from a flowing stream to a cascading waterfall.

A sheet of clear plastic is loosely stretched between two large metal wheels mounted on a framework that allows them to turn when the viewer operates a crank. A few gallons of water form a small pool at the bottom of the plastic sheet, but when the crank is turned to rotate the mechanism, the water's action mimics that of a stream flowing rapidly downhill." Tom Patterson, The Winston-Salem Journal.

"In Water Wheel, two large wheels form a frame for a plastic bag that has a small amount of water inside. When the crank is turned by hand, the plastic billows out and the movement of the water produces a booming sound like that of waves crashing on the beach." Blue Greenberg, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.


For indoor venues a dry mix of styrofoam,tissue paper, and confetti is used. Spinning the wheel creates a blizzard of falling,/floating elements.




At the Exploratorium, 1994


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