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Whirligigs become art at 30th Breckenridge July Art Festival

Andrew Carson is blowing back to Colorado for the 30th Breckenridge July Art Festival at Main Street Station. Carson is a kinetic wind sculptor who became fascinated as a kid with the high-powered winds racing through Boulder.

"In 1974, as a young boy, I became fascinated with the 100 mph Chinooks of my Boulder, Colorado, origins, and I hand-built electronics to measure these devastating blasts of weather," Carson said. "Through my teens, I studied the experimental turbines of the Rockwell wind energy test site near my home, and I built whirligigs inspired by these unusual, functional windmills.

"All of my engineering and fabrication skills came from repairing broken bicycle frames at the bicycle store I worked at from junior high through college."

After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in photography, Carson, who calls Seattle home, said he "revisited the whirligigs of my youth, combining the idea of an elegant weathervane with the whirligigs I had always made."

"I create my sculpture to interact with people and solve riddles of landscape both interior and exterior," he said. "Using a varied palette — electronics, illustration, the camera and mechanical systems — I work very hard for elegant solutions for demanding problems of space.

"It is not always easy to blend functionality with form. Only a few of the kinetic sculptures I dream are ever realized."

The Breckenridge July Art Festival, featuring over 90 fine artists, is one of the top-rated shows in the country. Admission is free and runs Friday through Sunday at Main Street Station. For more information on Carson or his work, visit http://www.wind sculpture.com.