Whirligig

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    Photo: William Arnett, 1997
1970s
Description: 

Whirligig flocks are still plentiful along many Southern byways (and probably elsewhere), but Howell hollows out such categories and makes them his alone. One gargantuan whirligig, a static weather vane, a Calderesque mobile on a grandiosely Calderesque scale, seems to blow back against the elements. Only a hurricane (or those strong Virginia winds Howell describes) could activate the vane’s unyielding appendages.

Whirligig flocks are still plentiful along many Southern byways (and probably elsewhere), but Howell hollows out such categories and makes them his alone. One gargantuan whirligig, a static weather vane, a Calderesque mobile on a grandiosely Calderesque scale, seems to blow back against the elements. Only a hurricane (or those strong Virginia winds Howell describes) could activate the vane’s unyielding appendages.