Powerful revolving outdoor sculpture lets you sit, spin and watch nature

Kate Brown
© Kate Brown

Thought-provoking environmental art can help us tap into those powerful forces of the wild that surround us everyday. This special kind of creative exploration comes from the unexpected and the magical: from giant, fantastical bird's nests to fall leaves arranged purposefully, environmental art can change the way we see and appreciate nature. sculpture

Aiming to provide a gateway to enjoying nature in all its raw, outdoor splendour, American artist and designer Kate Brown created this incredible sculpture called Etazin, which allows people to sit and turn in all directions. Made out of steel and minimally styled, it is reminiscent of an ancient astronomer's tool to measure the heavens, or even looking like a Greek gyroscope.

© Kate Brown
© Kate Brown

Brown first envisioned these pieces during her time as a student at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Taliesin West. This modern art piece comes in two forms: a circular one located at Taliesin West; and a square one located at the Hyatt Regency, both in Scottsdale, Arizona.

© Kate Brown
© Kate Brown
© Kate Brown
© Kate Brown

Both measuring 8 feet across, the outer ring is stationary of each piece to give the sculpture stability, while the two inner rings turn in a complete 360-degree circle, allowing the viewer to move and see all around them.

© Kate Brown

Brown was inspired by Japanese "moon gates," a kind of circular passage characteristic of Japanese gardens. Etazin seems like a mobile moon gate of sorts, bringing movement and therefore, time and space into the equation of being one with nature -- while providing a place to rest and contemplate.

© Kate Brown

These muscular works of art are powerful architectural tools of meditation, evoking astronomical, cosmic overtones of connection with nature and the heavens. Brown plans to roll out another sculpture early this year, and she can be commissioned to build more; check out the info over at Etazin.

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