if you ever happen to be passing through Wilson, North Carolina, make sure to stop for a beat at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park (though Simpson preferred to call the pieces windmills 🌬️)
Vollis Simpson's Whirligigs were designated the official folk art of North Carolina in 2013 ✨
This park was such a special space, a sanctuary of joy. It forced us to stop and appreciate the wind and its movements, take in changes in light, and delight at the never-ending colorful, dynamic details imagined by Vollis Simpson. And the man didn't start making these pieces until after he retired at the age of 60!
Not that anyone's stopping you and age is just a number and time is an illusion, but it's always good to remember that you can create joy for people at any stage of your life.
Wilson, NC on a late December afternoon
claire takes pix