Wind Work, Wind Play: Weathervanes and Whirligigs
January 25 to April 06, 2013
This exhibition showcases over 30 pieces of wind-powered folk art from the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Weathervanes have been part of the European and North American landscape for centuries, perched atop every community’s tallest buildings--on bar roofs, church steeples, castle towers. Many are now considered icons of folk art. Whirligigs, on the other hand, are created to amuse and entertain. New and old, they are masterworks of fun that feature a wide assortment of wind-powered activities. Besides enjoying the look of these barn and backyard masterpieces, visitors will learn how they were engineered and learn how anyone can predict the weather, just by watching the wind.