Mesalands unveiling kinetic sculpture

Special to QCS

Mesalands Community College will unveil a wind-driven kinetic sculpture entitled “Dialogue” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the outdoor commons area.

The art work features visual, sonic, and aesthetic elements. The program will include fire dancers and music from the Tucumcari High School Choir under the direction of Paul Gibson.

“I would like to invite everyone to the unveiling of the new Wind Center sculpture ‘Dialogue.’ This sculpture is a…unique cultural addition to our community,” said Mesalands President Thomas W. Newsom.

The new sculpture is sponsored by New Mexico Arts. After a nationwide search, Norman Anderson of Minneapolis, Minn., was selected to sculpt this project.

This new sculpture has kinetic action with the rotation of curved arms and the horizontal wind-wheels.

The addition of sound is another unique aspect of this sculpture. Depending on wind speed and direction, the horizontal wind-wheels will cause organ pipes to sound. The sculpture will also be lighted after dark.

“I have been a college professor for 25 years,” Anderson said, explaining the sculpture’s title, “and to me when you talk about education, it’s always a kind of dialogue. To me, that concept of dialogue strengthens the community. The idea for this sculpture was rather than building a single monumental piece, it would be fun and interesting to have two elements that respond to one another and have this kind of interaction between them.”

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