Ed Wilson "Cyclone"
photos by Katy Anderson
Among the first True North artists in 2014 with his wildly popular sculpture “Folded Plane,” Ed Wilson divides his home base and studio work among Houston, Berlin, Germany, and Hope, Idaho. Wilson says of his stainless steel work created for True North 2023, “This sculpture is titled “Cyclone” (Etymology. Noun: modification of the Greek kyklōma wheel, coil, from kykloun to go around, from kyklos circle). The title refers to the method of how the piece was made and to the form resulting from this methodology. The sculpture is literally what happened when I took a 700’ strip of metal and coiled it around and around on itself. It’s a simple idea that has yielded an elegant and complex form.”
Wilson was born in the small town of Arcadia, Louisiana, earned a BFA in sculpture from Louisiana State University and MFA from University of Houston. His work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, including the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Mönckskirche, Salzwedal, Germany, Portikussi, Franfurt-Offenbach, Germany, Art League Houston, McAllen International Museum, Flight Gallery, San Antonio, Redbud Gallery, Houston, and Artscan Gallery, Houston. Among his many permanent public sculptures is the extraordinary “Soaring in the Clouds”—a stainless steel work spanning the entire 100-foot width of George R. Brown Convention Center’s atrium and dipping 65 feet from its 92-foot ceiling.