Tilting Arc

  • Tilting Arc

Tilting Arc

George Baker

American, 1931–1997

Tilting Arc, 1996

Stainless steel, 168” h

Gift of Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, NEHMA

Tilting Arc is the only kinetic sculpture—a sculpture designed to move—on USU’s campus. Made by George Baker, its stainless steel blades continually shift and turn in response to the direction and speed of wind. Baker specialized in large-scale kinetic sculptures and Tilting Arc was the last sculpture he produced before passing away in 1997. Visitors often compare its movements to a dancer’s body or the path of a ship or plane. Despite its design, strong winds from Logan Canyon have caused damage to Tilting Arc over the years and Ralph Wanlass, one of Baker’s former students, has repaired the piece several times. Tilting Arc is the only kinetic sculpture—a sculpture designed to move—on USU’s campus. Made by George Baker, its stainless steel blades continually shift and turn in response to the direction and speed of wind. Baker specialized in large-scale kinetic sculptures and Tilting Arc was the last sculpture he produced before passing away in 1997. Visitors often compare its movements to a dancer’s body or the path of a ship or plane. Despite its design, strong winds from Logan Canyon have caused damage to Tilting Arc over the years and Ralph Wanlass, one of Baker’s former students, has repaired the piece several times.