Lot 289
North Carolina Folk Art, Vollis Simpson (1919-2013) Whirligig
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Yard art mixed media construction, mounted wooden model prop plane with moving sheet metal propeller is surmounted by a pinwheel style apparatus, raised on a metal tube with circular base. Not displayed out-of-doors. Not signed.

33.5 x 31 x 16 in.

Private Collection, North Carolina and New York

A NC native, Simpson was an outsider artist who created kinetic art, whirligigs, from assorted found parts and sheet metal. His contributions to visionary art were recognized by the state and his whirligigs are now the official folk art of NC. The city of Wilson is home to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and his sculptures are in the permanent collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art, American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, and the American Folk Art Museum in New York.

Scrape to one blade; original paint filled cracks to body; stand original with paint loss and rusting.

$800 - 1,200