pictures courtesy of Art Insolite Amis
Girouettes....... wind vanes..... devices that will turn around in the wind......I like how these are named in french, because of the association the word girouette has with "rotating", but that is an incorrect association, because etymologically girouette comes from anglo-norman wire-wite.
If you want to see a wonderful collection of home made rotating devices, you will find one in the small community of Bosgouet in Normandy, France.
Life and work
These girouettes and rotating creations have been constructed by Yves Floc'h (19??), who had different jobs in the black-smith profession and later in his life he worked as a fireman (experiencing a gas explosion in 1963) and an operator in an enterprise.
Floc'h began making his kinetic constructions in 1995, probably when he became retired. There is a story that says he wanted to do something so as not to get bored.
He used all kinds of recycled material, old parts of lawn mowers, bicycles, cars, accessories of machines that are used in and around the house, and so on, all painted in bright colours.
Like other bâtisseurs de l'imaginaire Floc'h began by constructing a windmill, but in the course of time he developed his own personal style in transforming the front of his house into a colourful ensemble of rotating devices.
You should see it on video. There is one from Eure TV on Daily Motion (2009)
And here is a fragment (1'29") from the tv-movie Un monde modeste (France, 2009, 54') made by Stéphane Sinde for Arte TV
* Pascale Lemare, Normandie Insolite, (Ed Bonneton), 2005
* Weblog Pascal Levaillant (May 2011) with pictures
4 cité Beau Soleil
27310 Bosgouet, Haute Normandie, FR
can be seen from the street