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Unusual wind spinners celebrate spring breezes for Reed neighbors

RITA A. LEONARD - This wind spinner, created with rotating metal bowls, changes its apparent shape with the direction of the wind. Spring is traditionally a time of wind and rain, mixed with sunshine. As spring blossoms bring color to the area, neighbors experiment with wind features and lawn ornaments. Two Reed neighbors, Doug Yarrow and Allen Kennedy, provide whirligigs and lawn sculpture along S.E. Raymond Street between 36th and 37th Avenues.

Yarrow, a retired teacher from West Virginia, has mounted several unusual wind spinners along his fence to dance in the breeze. Several are based on pinwheel designs, while others are made of wood or plastic funnels, designed like an anemometer. A metal wind spinner with cup-shaped attachments is sited on a nearby post, changing its profile with each errant wind.

“I like trying out new designs, and I change the display often,” says Yarrow. “I’m a photographer now, and I even made a whirligig out of photographic paper.” He points to a recently-published book, “Voices from the Appalachian Coalfields”. “I took the photos for the book,” he remarks. “It was an historic family project.”

The wind spinners along the fence are outlined by white pear and pink magnolia blossoms, giving a festive aura to the street. Next door, at 3665 S.E. Raymond Street, Allen Kennedy has mounted two unique metal globes in his front yard. “Both were made by Sellwood metal sculptor Francisco Salgado, who created those big red metal sculptures you can see at S.E. 16th and Tacoma Street,” he says.

Kennedy continues, “Salgado made the large blue metal globe sculpture with hovering white angels that’s over under the magnolia tree. When I put up the milepost in my front yard, he offered to make me a metal globe for the top. Since the post lists the mileage to all the special places my family and I have visited, it’s a meaningful travel symbol.”

While Yarrow enjoys the elements of wind, color and motion, Kennedy appreciates the opportunities of global travel. Both present a fascinating parade of garden ornaments to delight passers-by this time of year.