Report from the world of backyard technology


Earth, Wind, Inspire


Photography by Jens J. Selvig III

Gary Bates grew up plowing the fields of his grandfather’s farm in tiny Manhattan, Mont., where he now lives. Making passes on the tractor each day bored the young Bates, but he did enjoy lying on the grass and watching the windmills. And it was there that he found the inspiration for his kinetic sculptures.

In his early 20s, Bates began building large, wind-powered structures from recycled farm machinery. He placed these sculptures ...

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