William Forestall
Sliver Streak Car

Maritime painter William (Will) Forrestall is well known for his carefully crafted egg tempera still-lives, but he has other sides such as this that will come as a surprise to many. The term Kinetic Sculpture has been around for some time. Roughly speaking it is sculpture that moves or does something other than just sit there as most self-respecting sculptures do. There are even early descriptions of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures that had mechanical movements. Alexander Calder’s mobiles are a more recent example of kinetic sculpture although their movements are not mechanical, but with the help of the wind, it does move. Will’s sculptures are not only kinetic, but they actually work as a form of transportation. A major influence for Will, however, was the American performance artist Chris Burden’s B-Car from 1977 who wanted to make a 100mph car that would get 100mpg. He got close. The B-Car could do 50mph and got 150mph. 

The chicken and egg question in both of Will’s kinetic works and Burden’s B-Car is that are they sculptures that are vehicles or vehicles that are sculptures?

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