Artist of Mammoth Sculptures Gary Bates
Mar 31, 2011

Artist of Mammoth Sculptures to Present Free Lecture at FVCC

   Flathead Valley Community College will welcome Gallatin Valley sculptor Gary Bates of Manhattan, Mont., for a free presentation he will deliver for the community April 8.

Bates is known for his massive sculptures that require dismantling and skewing in order to be transported to their location of installation.  In his presentation, Bates will take the audience through the process from originating the concepts of his sculptures to fabricating, transporting and assembling them.  Bates also will talk about his rearing in Manhattan and how the town has influenced his art.

One of Bates’ most recent works is “Rain Scale”, an interactive kinetic sculpture installed outside of the Technology Center at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash.  Mounted atop a 36-foot arch spanning a pond, the 18-foot diameter hollow ring spins after collecting rain water and eventually tips over, cascading water into the pond below.  In addition to responding to rainfall, a publicly accessible hand pump allows anyone to activate the ring.  During his presentation at FVCC, Bates will show a five-minute film highlighting the five-year process of creating the sculpture.

Sponsored by the FVCC Continuing Education Center, Bates’ presentation will take place at 10 a.m. in the large community meeting room inside the college’s Arts and Technology Building.      

In 2002, Bates installed “Wind Arc,” a 44-foot-long, 29-feet-tall, two-ton softly bent iron arm designed to catch wind atop an 18 ft. stainless steel column in front of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Building at Montana State University.  The gigantic wind catcher took three years to create and was inspired by a twig Bates found in Yellowstone National Park. 

For more information on Bates, visit call (406) 756-3832.