Rickey’s works can gently heighten viewers’ awareness of time actually passing and, in a marvelously indirect way, persuade them to recognize the beauty of pure abstraction. — Valerie Fletcher, George Rickey Kinetic Sculpture: A Retrospective
South Bend-native George Rickey added time and motion to sculpture. At this moment, his kinetic sculptures are in motion around the world, activated by indoor air currents or powered, outdoors, by the whim of the wind. In their silent, graceful movements his hypnotic sculptures reveal the play of natural forces—such as gravity and wind—upon works of art that have carefully considered physics to control the time and limits of their movements.
They are, indeed, poetry in motion: once elegiac totems to the passage of time; now also markers of time their maker passed in our midst.
Two Lines Oblique, 1967, George Rickey (American, 1907–2002), stainless steel, 25 feet tall. Gift of the Artist, 2003.012