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Patricia Vader
Wheeley Whirly Peacock | Public Sculptures by Patricia Vader | Orinda Library in Orinda
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Wheeley Whirly Peacock - Public Sculptures

Featured In Orinda Library, Orinda, CA

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Designed like an entrance gate from the parking lot to the Orinda Library Plaza, with both sides, front and back, representing a frontal peacock, this sculpture exemplifies integration of the art with the surrounding architecture and landscape. It has 34 windmills activated by the slightest breeze. The sculpture, commissioned in 2009 by the city of Orinda, is a public favorite and has become a landmark. Its success set off the artist on her career in public art.

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As a sculptor practically born on a bicycle in the Netherlands, I specialize in kinetic public art showcasing bicycle parts.

Patricia Vader’s first love was astronomy which she practiced at Yale University and the Space Telescope Science Institute before embracing her own telluric world in metal sculpture. A large if not cosmological scale remains imperative as reflected in her outdoor public artworks that command attention with bright colors and inventive kinetics. Her work engages people of all ages and backgrounds in a joyful manner and speaks to their imagination and sense of play. It has won many prizes and awards. Her inspiration derives from the natural rural surroundings of her studio in unincorporated Martinez, California, which is open to the public.