Fortunately, a group of passionate and dedicated whirligig lovers is working to restore and display Mr. Simpson's creations in Historic Downtown Wilson, North Carolina. I visited the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park on my way home from the East Carolina University Metals Symposium.
Luckily for me, it was a blustery day, and the first five restored whirligigs were at peak performance. The largest of this group is "The V. Simpson", and it measures 55 feet long and 40 feet high. You have to see it in person to appreciate the sights, sounds, and especially the feeling of standing in its shifting shadows.
While in Wilson, I also visited the conservation site for the whirligigs Their yard is overflowing with good things to come and large murals that honor the maker and the restoration project.
Kudos to all who are involved in saving these treasures for future generations!
The following photos show a few of the Whirligigs in 2011 in their natural habitat.