Five Open Squares Gyratory Gyratory, 1981
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
© 2021 Estate of George Rickey / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), 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.