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Whirligigs become art at 30th Breckenridge July Art Festival

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily

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."

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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.

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