A Playground for Folk Art

North Carolina’s Whirligig Park showcases 31 of Vollis Simpson’s colorful, kinetic steel sculptures.

From The Wall Street Journal by Peter Plagens

” ‘Folk art’ is perhaps the art world’s most elastic term outside of ‘performance art’ or ‘installation art.’ It can apply variously to small wood carvings from self-taught artists in Appalachia; to gorgeous, sophisticated products of quilting bees; and to paintings and drawings made by patients in mental institutions. Although the ‘Whirligigs’ constructed by Vollis Simpson (1919-2013) were deemed North Carolina’s official folk art a few years ago, they are none of the above. Not even close… ”

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