The Firkee-Wala

Kinetic Sculpture By Lipika Sen And Prabhjyot Majithia 2014

This sculpture, installed at Puke Ariki Landing , is an assemblage of giant pinwheels created with thin sheets of coloured fibreglass mounted with wire and attached to steel holders. These allow for simultaneous free spinning of the pinwheels, creating sounds as they move, even with the lightest breath of wind.

Artists Lipika Sen and Prabhjyot Majithia say the “spinning,twirling,dancing,swooshing” whimsical sculpture reminds them of childhood when the alleyway (in India) came alive with a zillion buzzing joys in motion and they would run to see the Firkee-Wala peddling his toy pinwheels.

“Here we recreate the larger than life awe felt by us as children. The irresistible firkees have grown up in size and grandeur, returning us to the gaping eyes of childhood and welcoming us to the nostalgic experience while the Firkee-Wala has a rest.”

The sculpture was made for the 2014 Kinetika Competition, and was purchased by the Art in Public Places Trust for the site at Puke Ariki Landing.

The artists, who are based in the Bay of Plenty, work in many 3D forms as well as film. They have exhibited in a number of major sculpture shows and have toured several exhibitions around New Zealand.

Image Credits: Tucker Media.

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