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A Formalist’s Portrayal of Physics and Kinetics The work Two Lines Oblique Gyratory II sculpture, designed, built, and engineered by George Rickey. It is currently being displayed on the lawn of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts as a sculpture that illustrates the formalism theory and conveys the abstract concepts of physics and geometry in a visual manner. While the sculpture may not be immediately aesthetically pleasing to the eye, a more in-depth analysis of the sculpture can help the viewer better understand the intent of the artist. The elements of art (or, in some cases, the lack of certain elements) are combined to form the sculpture, which is composed of stainless steel. It has a brushed appearance, and is not completely shiny, but it shines when the light hits certain areas. The structure appears to the viewer as a tall, vertical, square, metal pole with two other poles branching off of those, and then with one more metal shaft attached to each of those. Each of the four linear shafts above the vertical shaft are of the same length, so that when they are positioned in a certain direction, they can form a square. The top two shafts move and turn when the wind hits them, so the sculpture is always changing. The sculpture is made up
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