Wind Roundabout
Ned Kahn

Panther Island Bridges Public Art Project
Status: Installation




Wind Roundabout is a kinetic sculpture entirely powered by free, renewable energy - the wind. The artist, Ned Kahn, creates public art installations around the world that transform natural phenomena into dynamic visual experiences, unveiling the mystery of the physical world surrounding us. 


For the last 20 years, I have been making large-scale public artwork that increase people’s awareness of natural phenomena. Using materials such as water, wind, fog and light, I have worked to create contemplative oases in urban environments, place where people can reconnect with the larger forces of nature. I am fascinated by blurring the boundaries between art, science, architecture and nature.

In recent years, I have completed a series of artworks that reveal invisible forces in their sites by converting natural flow patterns, such as wind, into the pixelated motion of many small metal parts. I have been calling these artworks “detectors”, for they are analogous to the detectors on telescopes and other scientific instruments that reveal the effects of the invisible. The normally unseen patterns of the wind are complex and entrancing. The psychological effect is similar to watching a fire, waves on a lake or tall grasses swaying in the wind.”

-Ned Kahn             




Most of Kahn’s previous installations address the flat facades of buildings. For his piece in Fort Worth, Kahn was inspired by the idea of a wind-activated sculpture that would create a cylindrical volume of air. Wind Roundabout will move with the ever-changing direction and force of wind in Fort Worth.  Supported by a stainless steel structure 30 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter, a “veil” made of hundreds of aluminum rectangular pieces will create a dynamic visual pattern as the wind blows through it.  The sculpture’s surface will glimmer in the sunlight during the day, and at night, reflect the soft glow of ambient light from passing cars and surrounding buildings. 

This public art project is currently being installed in the center of the new roundabout at the intersection of White Settlement and Henderson Streets. The construction of the roundabout is part of the Panther Island Bridges project.


See the progress on Wind Roundabout:

 For more information about the Panther Island Bridges, please visit the Trinity River Vision Authority website.


Current update:

The steel support structure for Ned Kahn’s Wind Roundabout has been installed in the new roundabout near the intersection of Henderson Street and White Settlement Road.  The second phase of the installation will occur in October 2015 after the roundabout roadway is completed by TxDOT contractors and open to traffic.