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15 LAWRENCE HALL DRIVE SUITE 2 WILLIAMSTOWN MASSACHUSETTS 01267-2566 telephone 413.597.2429 facsimile 413.458.9017 web WWW.WCMA.ORG
 

Summary: 15 LAWRENCE HALL DRIVE SUITE 2 WILLIAMSTOWN MASSACHUSETTS 01267-2566
telephone 413.597.2429 facsimile 413.458.9017 web WWW.WCMA.ORG
P R E S S R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2011
Williams College Announces Class of 1961 Public Art
Fund and Purchase of George Rickey Sculpture
Media contact: Suzanne Silitch, Associate Director of Communications for the Arts;
(413) 597-3178; suzanne.silitch@williams.edu
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams announced today that the Class of 1961, as a gift to
the college on the occasion of its 50th reunion, has created a public art fund. Members of
the class hope that the fund, for which they have committed to raise $2.5 million, will
encourage and support the ongoing acquisition of works of art to be displayed in indoor
and outdoor public spaces on the Williams campus.
The first acquisition supported by the fund is a kinetic sculpture by the American artist
George Rickey (1907-2002). Double L Excentric Gyratory II (1981) is due to arrive on
campus by June. A video of the art can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpSXojbiDig
At 30 feet tall, the piece consists of two 18-foot stainless steel "L"s that move in a conical
section, reaching out into space in a series of dancer-like movements. One moment rigid,
cool, erect, the next fluid and soaring, the sculpture comes as close as Rickey ever did to

  

Source: Aalberts, Daniel P. - Department of Physics, Williams College

 

Collections: Physics