Art@Site George Baker Wind Sculpture

George Baker


Wind Sculpture

Brea Avenue
George Baker has been making large sculpture while teaching at Occidental College in Los Angeles beginning in 1965. His use of the studios there has been advantageous both for him and for the students who have taken his classes. Virtually all of the following large commissions were completed with students and former students hired to do all of the planning and fabrication.
The first large-scale sculpture Mr. Baker made was for EXPO '70 in Osaka, Japan, a large kinetic fountain that was later moved to the Hakone Outdoor Sculpture Museum (not pictured.) This project was followed over the next few years by a number of large commissions ...
Welcome to the authorized site devoted to the art and life of George Baker (1931-1997). He is known principly for a remarkable series of some of the largest kinetic monumental sculptures in the world, including enormous fountains, wind sculptures, and motorized works in the United States, Europe, and Japan; as well as innumerable smaller kinetic pieces of diverse configurations. As you will find from exploring this site, however, his earlier non-kinetic sculptures were at least as as diverse, imaginative, and masterful as the later work, and were the source of his early international recognition.
A prolific master of modern sculpture, Mr. Baker lived most of his life and taught in the Los Angeles area, spending more than thirty years as professor of sculpture at Occidental College. His work is in numerous public spaces and collections around the world, as well as being represented in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Museum of the 20th Century, Vienna, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.