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Blown Away 

Wednesday, Feb 1 2012
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We San Franciscans know about wind. It forces us to wear jackets nearly all year, sends us chasing after our hats, turns our umbrellas into crash-landed mechanical birds, and makes for great kite-flying or wind-surfing. Add “makes great art” to that list. Artist Charles Sowers created a sculpture that illustrates the wind's patterns. Posted to a wall outside the Randall Museum at the base of Corona Heights (a hill near the Castro), is his large-scale sculpture, Windswept, which interacts with the moving air. The sculpture is a large, rectangular plate with 612 rotating directional arrows that look like metal paper airplanes with four holes in each wing. Every time the wind blows, the arrows rotate toward a different direction, making the entire sculpture move in sections and creating an ever-changing image. Put on your headphones and play some music, and you can enhance the experience. Following today's dedication ceremony is a slide presentation and discussion with Sowers, along with a wind-inspired craft activity for kids.
Sat., Feb. 4, 10 a.m., 2012

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