We hear words like, “spinny things,” “whirligigs,” and “windmills.” Most often these phrases are coupled with a finger or two pointing in the air, mimicking the round and round motion in which the copper sculptures at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture are perpetually found. The correct term is actually kinetic Wind Sculpture, the trade mark name from Lyman Whitaker and Whitaker Studio. These sculptures have made Maine Art a landmark upon entering Kennebunkport. Tourists and locals alike stop and watch, take video, and photograph the collection of Lyman’s Wind Sculptures that encompass the gallery year-round.
When visiting Whitaker Studio, it is hard not to be amazed at the fantastic amount of work that goes into each sculpture. Lyman, the artist, his wife Stacy, the businesswoman, and his brother John, the engineer, are each an integral piece of what makes this studio a success. They have surrounded themselves with a team of artists, welders and sculptors that are personally invested in and love the work they do each day. After talking and spending time with each part of this team, it is obvious they feel valued and are a connected family. To be able to sit and watch what unfolds at this studio is a rare experience.
It is difficult not to feel overwhelmed and in awe when standing in the middle of the Wind Forest that is the front yard of Maine Art. The size and spectrum of the sculptures alone is incredible. The air moves as they spin in complete silence. Of course, the next notion that immediately comes to mind is, “I want one.” We will warn you that once you have one, the need for another comes soon after.
The staff at Maine Art is incredibly skilled at helping to discover which Wind Sculpture will best suit your space and need. With prices starting at $300, everyone can find a sculpture (or sculptures) that will enhance a home and landscape. To see these sculptures in their natural habitat, we welcome you to visit our Lyman Whitaker YouTube Channel. Here you will find home videos taken by our customers showing off their sculptures.
This post happily coincides with our launch of our own kennebunkportwindsculptures.com website. This is a dedicated Maine Art page just for Lyman’s sculptures. Not only can you view them, you can purchase them on our website! We are the first and only website allowing the purchase of these one-of-a-kind sculptures. Still want more information? Try whitakerstudio.com. Here the process is described in detail and small biographies of Lyman, Stacy and John can be found. Be sure to click the Artwork link to see pictures of their public installations. If you still want more, there is an incredible video by Amy Spangler covers an installation in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
As always, we encourage you to come visit us in Kennebunk. There is nothing that compares to being here and watching these sculptures in motion. Of course, you can always find all of Lyman Whitaker’s Wind Sculptures on his Artist Page on Maine Art’s website. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call – we love to help.
We hope to see you on your next visit to the Kennebunks.
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