Title: "Free Flight"

14' high (tallest bird)

Year: 2008

Robb Drive Roundabout, Reno, Nevada

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Installed on a roundabout in Northwest Reno, Nevada, "Free Flight", is designed to be a celebration of the area's abundant wildlife and high winds. The "birds" that make up this sculpture come in three different sizes; four small, four medium, and four large, making a total of 12. The tails on these "birds" swivel in such a way that the "birds" spin and dance with the wind. This dancing motion is random and unpredictable and keeps the viewer engaged as each "bird" seems to have a mind of it's own. The poles and the bodies of the "birds" are made of mild steel. The wings and tails are made of brushed stainless steel. The heads are made from rounded stones gathered from the local Truckee River. This kinetic wind sculpture was commissioned by the City of Reno and is installed as a permanent public art piece. Note: Prior to the Reno installation, four of these "birds" made an appearance at the 2008 Burning Man festival (view picture at Burning Man).