Slow Rondo is one with the universe

Slow Rondo is a really cool looking piece atop the Keck Center for National Academics. It moves slowly by the wind and a motor with two mosaics aligning occasionally.

Now what does the 20 by 26 foot stainless steel ring with three rings mean? I read James Goode’s “Washington Sculptures” several times and still not sure I can relay it. Instead, I’m just typing straight from the book.

Sculptor Don Merkt told Goode: “Stimulated by the micro and macro concerns of the National Academy of Sciences this wind driven sculpture does a slow compelling dance of motion and change. . . . The circular planes momentarily align and combine to form two mosaic images, one of the human eye and one of the cosmos.”


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