“Let LOVE Guide Your Way: a celebration of Kindness”
The art piece, “Let LOVE Guide Your Way” is a free-standing 16-foot tall weathervane that features a 15.5-foot rotating-circumference kinetic wind vane or Cupid’s Arrow. The kinetic sculpture is a highlight of the 2019 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium on display for public viewing for one year in Boynton Beach, FL.
The weathervane freely rotates on three precision-quality stainless steel rotating bearing gears. The front end of the Cupid’s Arrow is a 36 inch cut-out heart-shape. The opposite side of the Cupid’s Arrow is a 48 inch solid heart-shape that captures the wind. The large heart-shapes are attached together with an 11-foot steel beam. The stanchion’s heart-shape top plate and heart-shape base plate are supported using four 10-feet curved steel plates each with 6 heart-shape cut-outs. The cut-outs allow for heart-shape reflections during daylight allowing the piece to look different upon every viewing. Using ‘scrap’ from the cut-outs, there are 9 random hearts attached to the stanchion. For additional support, half-inch steel rods create an ‘X’ on each side that represent the loving ‘kiss’. The heart-shape points of the top plate and base plate point due North to measure wind direction.
“Let LOVE guide your way” is the universal color of LOVE, Bright Red. The art is covered with gold speckles which reflect in sunlight, and then coated with a clear UV protectant that maintains the bright red color and protects the surface from all elements. The art illuminates an ambience of Love using LED lighting that enhances the heart-shapes on the Cupid’s Arrow. The stanchion and the Cupid’s Arrow is assembled and moved in two pieces. The piece is created with recycled structural steel. The total weight of the piece is 1850 pounds.
There is interpretation with every aspect of the Art. The weathervane has two main components: the base and the arrow. The base represents a singular human form which represents the ‘Act of Kindness’ in the singular art message: to be Kind, Compassionate & Tolerant for each other. The message to be Kind is an individual thought. If the human condition is not mindful of Kindness, it will not be Kind . To be Kind is a conscious thought. There are 4 stantions on the base which point North, East, South and West which represents our world. The top and bottom heart-shapes point North to give the functioning weathervane a point of reference. There are heart-shape cut-outs in groups of three which represent family. The number 3 has the meaning of Family & LOVE. Multiples of the number 3 have meaning in all culture & religion. There are 24 total heart-shape cut-outs which represent our World. The arrow is ‘Cupid’s Arrow’ which represents Universal LOVE. Although Cupid is known to be a prankster, this is a ‘golden arrow’ meaning LOVE in mythological stories. The large oversized arrow with hearts on either end encourage the viewer to think of Kindness & LOVE.
The piece was built and assembled with the Artist and the huge support by the team of Joe Smith, Tabatha Wolfe, Project Manager, and Sten Henriksen, Project Engineer, at the studios of Absolute Metals in Las Vegas, NV and transported to its pedestal at Dewey Park, Boynton Beach, Florida.
Materials: Steel, Stainless-Steel Industrial Bearings, Powder Coating, LED Lighting
Height of Weathervane: 14′
Height Including Pedestal: 16′
Circumference Width: 15′ 6″
Weight: 1850 pounds
Location: Dewey Park, Boynton Beach, Florida