Lyman has been a practicing sculptor for over 40 years, with a unique knowledge of materials and their application. The past 19 years have primarily been focused on creating Wind Sculptures™, which are all produced by hand. The Wind Sculptures™ are innovative and artistic with a high degree of mechanical integrity; they are well respected for their quality craftsmanship. Lyman’s sculptures have an organic and mystical theme in keeping with his life philosophy. As an artist, he can express his concern for the survival of the planet through a creative medium. Disquieted about the durability of our culture’s present systems, in relation to climate changes, Lyman’s strongest wish is to have his artwork symbolize a move toward better solutions in relationship to the earth.
By placing the sculptures in settings dependent on natural elements for movement, opportunities are provided for participants to think about their surroundings. Lyman’s sculptures are organic and natural like vegetation and are enjoyed best in interactive settings where they are viewed over time.
The receptivity to his work has allowed Lyman to create an inspiring modern studio in Southern Utah with representation at fine art galleries around the country. In addition, public and private installations exist throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
Lymans’ early work was significantly more representational, with a wonderful mix from traditional bronzes to small mobiles, and also included several public fountains. Believing that there are a variety of ways to accomplish anything, his process has continued to evolve and maintain originality. Currently, Lyman is going back to what he loves best: combining a broad range of materials and techniques to freely create movement and form.
Part of Lyman Whitaker’s story is the engineering talent of his brother John Whitaker, who came to Whitaker Studio from the aerospace industry. The artist and the engineer together have consequently created sculptures of unparalleled workmanship. The sculptures are made of the highest quality stainless steel and copper; by design, they do not rust. Perfect balance and aerospace-grade stainless steel sealed bearings insure little or no maintenance. The sculptures are engineer-tested to winds of 90 mph, though we have never found the top end of speed for this exceptional work. We have stories of the work withstanding hurricane-force winds.