January 8, 2021, Youngstown, OH – The Butler Institute of American Art is excited to announce it has received a belated 100th birthday present from a California foundation. The David Bermant Foundation of Santa Barbara California has gifted the Butler Institute one of the premier collections of Kinetic art in America. The collection of 98 works valued at several million dollars includes pieces
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INDESTRUCTIBLE I GEORGE RHOADS YEAR 1970 DIMENSIONS 48 x 10 x 8 MATERIALS steel and bronze coated with transparent lacquer; metal ball LOCATION Santa Ynez EXHIBITED AT Everson Museum (Audio Kinetic Sculpture), Jan-Feb 76; Ulrich Museum, Wichita State U., 3/11-4/26/92; Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, Lobero Building, Santa Barbara CA Dec 2004
WINDAMAJIC II GEORGE RHOADS YEAR 1991 - 2015 DIMENSIONS 15' high x 76" dia. MATERIALS Painted mild steel FROM Artist LOCATION Archived EXHIBITED AT 1104 to 9/91, UCSB; 1991 to 5/92, Jacksonville Museum of Art 6/92. Now (1998) at Goleta Beach Park, Santa Barbara County Park, CA on Bermant loan.
GOOD TIME CLOCK IV GEORGE RHOADS YEAR 1984 DIMENSIONS 72 x 72 x 36 MATERIALS mixed media with electric motor FROM Artist LOCATION Santa Barbara, CA EXHIBITED AT Aldrich 1988; PULSE 2 at S.B. 1990 (airport) DESCRIPTION Loaned to Port Authority, NY/NJ for LaGuardia waiting room 2nd floor; Santa Barbara Museum of Art (two Christmas seasons 1988 N.Y. 1989;
HOMAGE TO WOLFGANG GEORGE RHOADS YEAR 1981 DIMENSIONS 25 x 12 x 12 MATERIALS Steel ball, steel, Mozart head, 20 chimes and 20 hammers FROM Artist LOCATION Santa Ynez DESCRIPTION #1 of proposed 9 (never built) Initially commissioned as the first of possible edition of 250 each of classical composer series as suggested by Ivan Karp (O.K. Harris