Sculpture: Dancing in the Wind

Workers in the yards of the Osaka Shipbuilding Co. intently watched the initial trials of one of the most curious craft ever launched. Floating in the lee of two massive unfinished cargo ships, the contraption was shaped like a midget's pagoda with a giant's spoon balanced across the pinnacle. On cue, a small motor inside the bright yellow and white plywood superstructure began pumping sea water into the bowl of the spoon. As the bowl filled, it dipped down until, with a splash, it dumped 26 gallons of water back into the...

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