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Andrew carson

Medium: Sculpture

Booth #: GS1C

As a child growing up in Boulder, Colorado, Andrew was fascinated by the Chinook winds that blew in excess of 100 mph, and he hand-built electronic test equipment to measure the curious blasts of weather. Later, as a teenager, Andrew studied the experimental turbines of the Rockwell wind energy test site near his home. He constructed whirligigs inspired by these functional windmills, kindling his interest in kinetic sculpture. Andrew’s work at a bicycle shop during the same period allowed him to further explore the combination of mechanics and movement. In college, Andrew studied photography and graphic design. In his early years as a professional artist, he used a varied palette of electronics, illustration, the camera and mechanical systems— all woven together to interact with the spirit of the human being. In 1994, to fully satisfy his artistic vision, Andrew revisited the whirligigs of his youth, refining his work with studies in glass and sculpture. Since then, Andrew has invented and reinvented his original kinetic sculptures with a series of eclectic and captivating innovations, Andrew personally designs, engineers and prototypes every piece of every sculpture, including the glasswork, hubs and transitions. There are no “found parts” in his work. Andrew’s kinetic sculptures are installed at private residences in all 50 states and 25 countries around the world. His pieces include public and private commissions for cities, institutions and businesses as well as work for high-profile patrons and garden lovers, who find his distinctive sculptures a perfect complement for their homes.

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