COUNTER ROTATION for One Taylor Street Transit Center in Montpelier, VT is a collaboration with Rodrigo Nava.
The round, Barre gray, granite bench resembles a millstone, as grist mills were common along the Winooski and North Branch Rivers in the 1800’s. Visitors sitting on the rotating bench are invited to turn the stone counter-clockwise. Each time it completes one full rotation - the bronze marker passing North - the adjacent split-flap sign is triggered and flutters to the next graphic. In this way, the two components of the sculpture are invisibly linked, the stone activating the sign.
The 16-character split-flap sign, such as those commonly found in transit center holds twenty didactic and cryptic graphics images, revealed as the stone turns. The sign shows maps, cultural information, math and science images and four poems written by Vermont Poet Laureates. A website, https://counterrotation.net/gives complete information about the sign’s contents as well as the stone.