On view


American, 1907–2002
Five Open Squares Gyratory Gyratory, 1981
Stainless steel
9 ft. 4 in. x 72 in. x 42 in. (284.5 x 182.9 x 106.7 cm)
Gift of the artist and of Joan O. Stern by exchange
Art © Estate of George Rickey/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Photo by Jerry L. Thompson
Other kinds of movement, including gyratory, or a full rotation around a work’s central stem, emerged in Rickey's work in the early 1970s, along with a frame-like, elongated, open rectangle. The open square elements of Five Open Squares Gyratory Gyratory are sensitively calibrated so that they move with the slightest breeze, continually transforming the piece’s configuration. While the squares rotate independently, they remain connected, creating an ongoing dialogue between unpredictable motion and prescribed order. Looking through the open squares, viewers will sense that the landscape itself is constantly shifting.

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Other works by this artist

Six Lines in a T, 1966–79