Healdsburg new home of kinetic sculpture

Healdsburg's latest piece of public art is a departure from some of the other sculptures that have been installed in recent years.

The kinetic sculpture, set atop a 14-foot-long, stainless steel pole, revolves with the wind.

The work by Cupertino artist Moho Ohtake is part of a style intended to mesmerize with movement.

"Does it make any noise?" City Councilman Jim Wood asked at this week's council meeting.

"It's quiet," assured Ray Holley, the spokesman for the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation which sought and obtained permission to install the piece in the city's West Plaza park.

Wood wanted to make sure that guests in the nearby Hotel Healdsburg would not be subject to noise from the artwork, dubbed "Aero-5."

The sculpture of multiple, metal orbs will be close to the hotel pool and patio and the Bear Republic Brewery.

Currently Aero-5 is on display at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa. But it could be in place in Healdsburg by Christmas, depending on the weather, according to Holley.

The installation requires the pouring of a foundation to secure the artwork to a concrete base. There is a planter there now, which replaced a fountain.

"It's a great location for a piece of art," said outgoing City Councilman Steve Babb.

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