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Wind Totem - Bozeman, Montana
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 45° 40.636 W 111° 01.626
12T E 497889 N 5058191
Quick Description: This ingenious wind harp is one of several sculptures to be found behind the Bozeman Public Library, near the eastern end of Main Street.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 6/13/2017 12:47:05 AM
Waymark Code: WMVYY6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99
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Long Description:
Immediately east of the library is Lindley Park, while to the rear is Gallagator Linear Trail. Several sculptures are arrayed along Gallagator Linear Trail and on the western edge of Lindley Park. This is one of the sculptures along Gallagator Linear Trail.

Created in the fertile imagination of sculptor Gary Bates, the Wind Totem is just one of possibly dozens of kinetic sculptures created by him, beginning as a teenager. A local boy, Bates grew up on a farm in nearby Amsterdam, MT. Bates has become quite well known for his wind operated kinetic sculpture. His works may be seen at several venues in the area, most recently the Bozeman campus of the University of Montana.

Created of steel and stainless steel, the totem is a 108” tall x 6” wide steel shaft or pole, with 16 stainless steel tori mounted in the centre, each about 6" above the next. When wind catches the tori they whirl and create a soft whistle. There was no wind then we visited so we blew on one torus to see the effect. The whistle created was quite soft, but with a wind blowing on all 16 tori, I imagine the sound created would be audible at quite a distance.


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Title of Piece: Wind Totem

Artist: Gary Bates

Material/Media: Steel and stainless steel

Date of Creation or Placement: 2011

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Lindley Park

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

Web link(s) to YouTube or other video: Not listed

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