Plastic Wind Spinners

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I love garden spinners -- the metal ornamentals that add color to the garden even when your flowers aren't blooming. A garden spinner delivers color and movement to a hot, steamy Florida garden by indicating the direction the wind blows.

I remember several plastic whirligig toys as a child, but my true love of these artistic sculptures was born in Aunt Meg's garden from the movie Twister where her giant kinetic wind chimes eerily warned of the danger of approaching storms. These designs were the creative vision of Chicago Artist Evan Lewis.



Wind spinners activate the optic sensors in the brain. The mesmerizing action is hypnotic and helps some people focus more keenly. Sculptures that spin with the slightest breeze may help you feel calmer, more relaxed, or peaceful.

Colorful garden spinners are typical yard, barn, house, and field decorations. These wind detectors have been around for thousands of years, helping farmers and sailors determine wind direction and speed. Young children enjoyed plastic versions on sticks that would spin in a breeze or if you blew on their wings.

Garden spinners don't have to be expensive. You can make simple spinners out of paper plates or soda cans. One of my favorite examples of a do-it-yourself craft" uses soda cans to create colorful pinwheel spinners. Children can use simple straws and plastic sheets to create pinwheels.

Today's professional garden spinners are metal, iron, or wood. The Plow & Hearth Harlequin Ball Wind Spinner is my favorite piece of yard art because it is circular and less likely to injure wildlife, birds, bats, or owls.



However, several artists actively sell high-end spinners that repeatedly get great reviews. As with most outdoor items, better quality construction usually is accompanied by a higher price point. The Stanwood "Dancing Willows" kinetic sculpture utilizes superior craftsmanship, and its perfect review record is the result.



My choices are large-scale spinners that will be a showpiece in any garden. These are a few of my favorites.




Plow and Hearth Harlequin Ball Wind Spinner
Plow and Hearth Harlequin Ball Wind Spinner



WinWind 3D Tulip Spinner
WinWind 3D Tulip Spinner



Marshall Home Spring Green Reed Spinner
Marshall Home Spring Green Reed Spinner



Southern Patio Sunflower Spinner
Southern Patio Sunflower Spinner



Stanwood Dancing Willow Kinetic Sculpture
Stanwood Dancing Willow Kinetic Sculpture



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