By Alva Hazell
In 2001, Chris Grace found himself driving along Highway 64, just east of Louisburg, when something caught his attention. It was something that awoke childhood memories, and yet it was grounded in the world of contemporary art. It was a piece of kinetic art that guarded the highway and welcomed travelers. After several weeks of phone calls and visits with locals, his journey led him to Gary Dolan, who had been building Missouri Spinners in a shop in Trenton for several years. But he was ready to retire and sell the company.
Chris approached his longtime friend Tony Nichols with the idea of taking over the shop. By March 2013, Chris and Tony set up near Lebanon, and Tony began constructing these graceful wind art pieces, with a few minor design changes.
Today, Chris and Tony work in a five-thousand- square-foot shop, where they hand-make each sculpture that turns and moves with the slightest breeze.
“Every one we build is given the most scrutinizing care,” Chris says.
With brilliant reflections and movement, these spinners have a certain magnetism to them. Don’t be surprised if you’re drawn to them just as Chris was. Visit windwardstudiollc.com or call 417-718-6659 for more information.