Wind Leaves by Bart Kister

TITLE: Wind Leaves
ARTIST: Bart Kister
DATE: 1979
DIMENSIONS: 4.5′ x 6″
TYPE: sculpture

Bart Kister’s Wind Leaves (1979) is a public sculpture dedicated to the memory of Dan McCracken, who worked at Riley Hospital for Children. Reminiscent of a weathervane, the sculpted leaves revolve in the wind creating the kind of movement and repetition that invites reverie. One leaf is oak, another is tulip. How do you feel when watching leaves blown by the wind? Why is it that repetition in movement or sound offers a heightened capacity for remembering?