Wind Powered Machine Self Preservation

When this wind-powered sculpture is pulled along in the wagon (which the artist often does in his own neighborhood), it actually generates electricity, but where does the electricity go? The energy that the turbine creates is wired back into the supporting steel frame, which sustains the electrical current so that no energy is lost from the sculpture. The relationship between the turbine and its supporting structure – including the whimsical Radio Flyer wagon – is both practical and metaphorical. 

In Albaugh’s words, “Working off of the largely youth driven call for environmental sustainability, and its utopian ideals, the intention is to bridge the aesthetic gap between this particular object of nostalgia/americana and the contemporary American political landscape. This piece demonstrates the literal and metaphorical relationship between supporting structures and the mechanisms that power those structures while illustrating a sustainable model between the two.”