There is a touch of whimsical magic in Mark White’s kinetic wind sculptures, pieces that move with currents of air. Their gentle motions are able to call to both nostalgia and imagination. and at once both calming and captivating, allowing one to exist purely in the moment as the breeze makes the work come to life.
With this ability to so entrance audiences there is is always a bit of excitement when Mark releases new wind sculptures, and he has just released three new pieces. Titled “Yucca,” “Gliding,” and “Raven’s Rendezvous,” they are stunning new additions to his collection.
Yucca is a staple of the landscape in and around Santa Fe, and Mark has elevated it to new heights in his sculpture. The delicate leaves stretch to the sky just as they do on the familiar plant, and combined with precision detailing provide an unmistakable homage to the subject.
The lines of Mark’s “Gliding” immediately evokes thoughts of soaring on the breeze with only a bit of fabric stretched over a lightweight frame, and the gentle movements only add to the sensation. The colored panels spin and dance in the air, performing a careful choreography of precision set to nature’s rhythm.
Anybody who has looked skyward at the raucous call will immediately recognize the stylized silhouette of black wings set against the blue sky in Mark’s “Raven’s Rendezvous.” The sculpture adds to the impression as the wings circle and change direction overhead, soaring as a group in search of the perfect place to land and at the same time seemingly content to stay aloft on the currents of air.