Joseph A. Burlini (American, b. 1937) Daddy Longlegs, 1976 steel with enamel 65 1/2"h x 32"w x 60"d
Exhibitions: From Rockets to Rainbows: Joseph A. Burlini Solo Exhibition, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois, 15 March through 15 May 1977
Catalog Note: Among Joseph Burlini's most imaginative sculptures, Daddy Longlegs is an important example of the work that he produced during his kinetic do-nothing machine phase in the 1960s and 1970s. Like other creations from this period, Burlini's rolling vehicle 'prototype' is comprised of multiple colorful small discs, and other shapes, with enamel ornamentation, all stemming from a main capsule, where a small human figure might ride. A precursor to the Steampunk movement, this whimsical sculpture combines a nod to the nostalgic with a vision of the future. This work was part of the 1976 Bicentennial Fourth of July Parade in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and was pulled by Burlini's son, Christopher. In 1977, the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago featured more moving sculptures similar to this in a 10-year retrospective.