The Whirligigs of Vollis Simpson

A True American Folk Artist From Lucama, N. Carolina

Mr. Simpson’s Whirligigs Are A National Treasure!

Many years ago, I was researching whirligigs (or whirlygigs) because I own one and was looking for a specific replacement part (still haven’t been able to find the part to this day!).

Now that I have a website devoted to any and everything that’s garden art, I just had to pass along this intriguing information, just in case you’re not aware of this creative gentleman.

I found information on a most interesting American folk artist, Mr. Vollis Simpson, who resides in Lucama, N. Carolina. His property is filled with his wonderful creations. His massive whirligigs have umpteen moving parts, spinning with the wind. He also seems to enjoy adding reflectors to many of his creations. I guess he enjoys car headlights reflecting upon them, brightening the nighttime darkness.

Vollis Simpson Whirigig Folk Art

Mr. Simpson’s whirligigs are made from everything from road signs to plane parts, and some stand up to 50 feet tall. To see more about this amazing American artisan, visit the fun and very interesting web-pages the Science Museum of Minnesota has compiled. Click here: “From Windmills to Whirligigs” ©

His whirligigs are in the permanent collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art (two whirligigs); the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore, MD.; and four pieces reside at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.

Also of interest, he was commissioned to do four whirligigs for the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta. These gigantic pieces of folk art stood 40-feet tall.

Click here to learn about the origins of whirygigs: Whimsical Whirligigs: A Historical Overview

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