Feather Wheel, an artwork created by Rebecca Horn was created in 1988. Constructed from an electrical fixture and feathers, it is currently on display in the new East Wing of the Saint Louis Art Museum. The following is the museum’s description of this work.
Propelled by a mechanical motor, feathers fan out in a circle, fall, and begin their slow rotation again. Rebecca Horn’s kinetic sculptures of moving feathers and wings suggest the way that animals and plants have been replaced by machines as objects of primary importance in modern culture. Horn’s work also evokes the cyclical rhythms of nature and life, for example, the seasonal shedding of feathers. The synthesis of organic and mechanical elements in Feather Wheel results in a sculpture that is both theatrical and vulnerable.