Discover artist George Rhoads, creator of dramatic audiokinetic sculptures seen in airports, hospitals, shopping malls, and science museums around the world. The ball machines, some two stories high, feature colorful balls that roll, bounce, and swoop down winding tracks, triggering musical sounds along the way. Viewers of all ages are mesmerized by these wondrous inventions whose workings are entirely visible and whose purpose is to do nothing but play.
In Wizard at Work, the artist’s sister recounts her brother’s growing-up years in Evanston, IL, his early passion for drawing and inventing, and his determination to pursue a career as an artist despite his parents’ disapproval. After years of struggle as a painter, Rhoads received unexpected acclaim first as an origami expert, then as a creator of fountains and moving sculptures. Told from her unique and often humorous perspective, the author reveals the artist’s charming quirks and unconventional approach to life. She also includes detailed descriptions of the playful sculptures and how they work.
Author Emily Rhoads Johnson, a writer, editor and teacher, lives in Ithaca, New York. She is the author of three young adult novels: Spring and the Shadow Man, A House Full of Strangers, and Write Me If You Dare.
For more information, visit www.EmilyRhoadsJohnson.net
wizards at work: the life and art of george rhoads
Emily Rhoads Johnson
ISBN: 978-160844-943-9 62 pages $21.95 US
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