BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum gets its trademark outdoor art installation, the Vollis Simpson Giant Whirligig, back on Tuesday.
The 55-foot tall kinetic sculpture was disassembled and shipped to conservationists at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum in Wilson, North Carolina in January after the museum got a $50,000 grant from the state to preserve it.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Muggy With A Chance For Showers & Storms
North Carolina artist Vollis Simpson made the wind-powered sculpture from recycled industrial materials, a craft the former farm machinery repairman became synonymous with in his hometown of Wilson, where 30 of his works are on display in a park.
Simpson and his two sons traveled to the museum the year it opened, in 1995, to personally install the sculpture, named “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”READ MORE: AAA Worker Killed While Helping Stranded Driver In Prince George's County
The sculpture sustained 27 years of rain, wind and snow since Vollis installed it. Now, the newly conserved sculpture will be erected in its same position Tuesday in what the museum calls a “dramatic” crane-assisted lift.Bowie Picks Up The Pieces After Tornado Leaves Trail Of Damage