Folk artist Vollis Simpson is known far and wide for his whirligigs, towering works of art made from junkyard scraps powered only by the wind. He never considered himself an artist but continued making his creations until his death in 2013 at age 94. Now the town of Wilson is using Simpson’s work as the centerpiece of a park in its historic downtown, and Capitol Broadcasting has stepped in to help sponsor several of the famous spinning windmills.
CBC has permanently sponsored one of the largest landmark Whirligigs at the park. The piece is called TIME MACHINE and according to CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon it looks like a “space capsule!”
CBC provided a $100,000 donation to the Whirligig foundation for the sponsorship through the CBC/WRAL Community Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation.
On Thursday, October 30, 2014, the Whirligig officials dedicated TIME MACHINE along with several other windmills in a ceremony at the park. Goodmon spoke at the event, and CBC Corp Director of Special Projects John Harris, a Wilson native and resident, got to do the honors of presenting the check.
CBC is proud to support the arts and the redevelopment of downtowns in general. Goodmon believes that art can be a catalyst that inspires people to visit downtown spaces and that helps revitalize communities.
“I think our choice of the Time Machine whirligig is quite appropriate for a media company,” said Harris. “American Tobacco represents the past, our news operations cover the present, and our technical creators are always thinking about the future. CBC is a sort of ‘Time Machine’ unto itself!”
Simpson’s work is known well beyond the Triangle. One of his Whirligigs is on permanent display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and another is at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.
- Learn more about the park online: http://www.wilsonwhirligigpark.org/
Thanks to Corp’s John Harris for this capcom scoop and for these capcom photos.