Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness - Baltimore MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member HaricotVert_52
N 39° 16.807 W 076° 36.422
18S E 361391 N 4349092
Quick Description: This whimsical sculpture stands at the entrance to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a commissioned work by whirligig artist Vollis Simpson of Lucama, North Carolina.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 4/18/2010 9:15:25 PM
Waymark Code: WM8MEX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99
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Long Description:
It was a blustery day when we came by the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The winds were blowing off Federal Hill and set this giant whirligig spinning and in full activity.
The Visionary Art Museum displays the works of self-taught artists without any formal art education. Many of the artistic pieces are constructed of cast off materials, what others might consider to be "junk".
In the case of this sculpture, commissioned for the opening of the museum, whirligig artist Vollis Simpson took various parts at hand and materials collected to create a 55-foot tall contraption of flying, whirling and spinning figures.
By coincidence, Simpson was featured in a NY Times article just before our visit here. See link for additional information below.
Title of Piece: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Artist: Vollis Simpson

Material/Media: cast off materials and parts

Date of Creation or Placement: 1990's

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

Web link(s) to YouTube or other video: [Web Link]

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