Solar sculptures shine in Delhi

Nearly 20 Main Street, Delhi businesses have delightful additions to their display windows this week: solar spinning sculptures. The sculptures, which use solar energy to power their rotating bases, are novel pieces constructed by area artists. They are for sale by means of a silent auction sheet at each participating business. The silent auction began on July 26 and will end at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.
The artists contributed their work to the Delhi Chamber of Commerce, which devised the project as a way to raise money for flood relief in Delaware County. Delaware Oppor- tunities will distribute the proceeds of the silent auction.
Organizer Rachel Polens says she hopes visitors to the Art and Soul of the Catskills Festival on the courthouse square will stroll down Main Street, search for the sculptures in store windows and then go inside to bid on them.
Bidding is in $5 increments, and the auction sheets will display a history of the bidding.
“This is a good opportunity for people to get a very whimsical piece of original artwork,” Polens said. She said the smallest sculpture is a torso of Venus, about four inches tall. The largest is a stainless steel mobile with a 27-inch sweep. Most of the sculptures will turn even on an overcast day.
Visitors to the festival are also invited to cast a vote for their favorite solar spinning sculpture at the information booth on the square.
The winner of the People’s Choice award will receive $100 worth of oil paint from Williamsburg Paint in East Meredith.
Williamsburg Paint will also furnish a $100 paint prize to the winner of the Critic’s Choice award, which will be judged by Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for the New Yorker magazine.