"Having come from an artistic family, I began sculpting at a very early age. As an adolescent I spent a lot of time in a local quarry digging up clay and making things for friends and family. My father taught me to work with wood, building furniture and carving. In 1972 I enrolled at the Hill Fine Art Center were I studied under the great metal sculptor Orion Hargett.
I started out taking lessons and went on to teach photography and wood sculpture there and at Joliet Jr.College and eventually came to own and operate the Hill Fine Art Center until 1982. In those years I made and taught wood sculpture while I studied the masters of kinetic art and in 1998 decided to channel all my energy into embracing that medium. In the beginning I used copper but soon changed to stainless steel. I love the idea of taking this heavy and seemingly unyielding metal and transforming it into a piece that floats like a feather and will last for years and years.
I love kinetic sculpture because of all the different mechanisms there are to design with, from Calder’s mobiles to George Rickey’s conical movement and every thing in between. They give me a never ending pallet with which to stretch my imagination. I have been very fortunate to have had shows and commissions in Santa Fe, NM, Taos, NM, New Orleans LA, Houston, TX, Nashville, TN, Austin TX, Sonoma CA, Wimberley, TX, Fontana, CA, Johnson City, TX, and sold pieces to clients around the world. In 2008 I had the wonderful honor of being chosen by the McNay Fine Art Museum in San Antonio, TX to teach a kinetic sculpture workshop to 50 art teachers in preparation for their George Rickey exhibit.
I plan to dedicate the rest of my time here on earth designing kinetic sculpture using every mechanism I can invent or find, from opposing pinwheels, to pendulums, to George Rickie’s conical movement. I hope you enjoy what I have done so far and visit me from time to time to see what I come up with in the future." ~Jim Lapaso
Replace bearing then lock collar leaving a 1/16 inch gap of play so blade turns freely. Tighten lock collar with a 1/8 inch Allen Wrench. Repeat procedure on opposite side making sure that the blades are turning in opposite directions. If you plan to attach your sculpture to a building of any kind it will have to be electrically grounded just like a weather vane or lighting rod. For best results put sculpture at least 8 ft off the ground in open breezy area away from trees and other wind blockers.
Your new piece of kinetic sculpture is made of stainless steel and will retain its luster for years. The blades have been balanced and should not be bent in any way. The plastic bushings are self-lubricating and self-cleaning, please do not add lubricant to them.
"PARADOX OF BLING" INSTALLATION
Slide bearing shaft into sleeve. Stop when the top bearing is flush with top of sleeve. Do not make the alen screws too tight! Turn them 1/2 turn and then spin the sculpture to see if it turns freely if it does turn them 1/4 turn more.
32" H x 46" W x 14" D
Daisy is one of the most popular Wind Sculptures.
Video of Daisy:
8 ft. - 12 ft. H x 20" - 30" W
*Groups of Three;
Flower Buds spin in the wind!
30" H x 30" W x 8" D
*When manipulated by hand this piece moves for about 35 min.
42" H x 42" W x 16" D
*When manipulated by hand this piece moves for about 45 min.
12" H x 30" W
*Pendulum Type Sculpture ~ When manipulated by hand this piece moves for about 50 min.
42" H x 14" W
*Three-Bladed Complex Pendulum Type Sculpture ~ These pieces are very difficult to build as each blade must move very slowly and at different speeds. It will undulate for approximately 40 min. to an hour.
22" H x 20" W
*When manipulated by hand this piece moves for about 30 min.
5'10 ft. H x 24" W x 12" D
*Compound Pendulum Type Sculpture ~ When manipulated by hand this piece moves for about an hour.
"I built this one with Glass supplied by a very good friend Bill Meek who is very well known for his broken glass style." Jim Lapaso
"This piece is in memory of Beethoven, an African Gray Parrot who was a pet and companion." ~Jim Lapaso
"River of Life was commissioned by the city of San Marcos TX.
I designed a representational piece that depicts what the first people would have seen on there arrival to Aquarena Springs on the San Marcos River..." ~Jim Lapaso
9.6 ft. H x 43" W
"Rose’s Garden is a celebration of my mother, Rose, who taught me every thing I know about love and beauty.
Her love of gardening is carried on by my daughters and sisters.
It... has almost 1000 pieces of glass cut by Amber Weber and applied by me and my daughters Lisa and Mia. It was a commission for my good friend and patron Michael Harrell and it resides in his latest Homewood Suites Tech Ridge in Austin,TX." ~Jim Lapaso