Over the years, Michigan artist Peter Griz let his creative impulses lead the way as he invented and obtained patents for mechanical devices. When he began fabricating and experimenting with metals, his creativity took a natural course — inspiring him to design kinetic sculptures. Peter’s fascination with the tranquil movement produced by wind led to carefully designed pieces of art and a new passion. Early inspirational ideas for his art work evolved from observing things as simplistic as his grandson’s “Delta Flyer” kite or the wind meter atop a cruise ship.
Peter, born in West Virginia, is a self-taught artist who retired from Ford Motor Company after 33 years. His experience in design and mechanical aspects enables him the knowledge to achieve the precision and balance needed for his kinetic art. Designs are unique and hand-hammered using dissimilar metals of copper and stainless steel and then fused together generating sculptural symmetry. These elements are coupled together creating the wind-induced motion of the captivating rhythm expressed in the vitality of his art. Peter continues to explore new techniques as he works with the properties of metal and constantly brings new ideas to life. His work has been commissioned for exhibitions nationally and globally—including venues such as Carleton Varney’s Shannongrove House in Pallaskenry, Ireland; Kingsbrae Gardens in New Brunswick, Canada; and the Shiawassee Arts Center in Owosso, MI.