A 1/4 scale model of Jean Tinguely’s kinetic “Cascade” sculpture now at The Bechtler

By CLTure News (Photo by Andy Goh)

February 1, 2017

Swiss sculptor and painter Jean Tinguely is best known for his self-destroying sculpture Homage to New York at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and his final “Cascade” kinetic sculpture in Charlotte located in the Carillon building completed in 1991. The Bechtler family originally commissioned Tinguely for the 40-foot motorized sculpture and Andreas Bechtler witnessed the construction first-hand from 1989 to 1991.

In 2000, Andreas Bechtler commissioned local model builder Gene Hopkins to construct a 1/4 scale model of Jean Tinguely’s final kinetic sculpture “Cascade.” Complete with rotating mobile parts, working lights, and even a fountain, Hopkins crafted every piece by hand. The model is now complete and available for viewing in the lobby of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

Learn more about Jean Tinguely’s “Cascade” from Andreas Bechtler:

Check out this really cool time lapse video via Charlotte Observer


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