Whirligigs created by Vollis Simpson
Excerpt from Session Law 2013-189, House Bill 830:
Whereas, at age 65, Vollis Simpson, a self‑taught folk artist, began making giant windmills known as "whirligigs" at his home in Wilson, North Carolina; and
Whereas, Mr. Simpson's whirligigs have been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and at other locations, including New York, California, Canada, and England; and
Whereas, Mr. Simpson and details of his artwork have been featured in many national magazines and in several books; and
Whereas, the City of Wilson is developing the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park to display a large collection of these whirligigs in historic downtown, which will be a one‑of‑a‑kind destination for visitors...
§ 145‑45. State folk art.
The whirligigs created by Vollis Simpson are adopted as the official folk art of the State of North Carolina.
Additional information coming soon.
[Whirligigs by Vollis Simpson in Vollis Simpson Park, Lucama in Wilson County, N.C.] Photograph. August 18, 2002. NC ECHO Project, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/ref/collection/p16062coll8/id/4095 (accessed December 18, 2014).
28 June 2013 | Anonymous