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keeps in his pocket – is that he didn’t set foot in an art school until 2009, though he’s trekked 30 countries, can chisel rock, mold metal, carve wood and traverse disciplines like a down-and-dirty DaVinci. When he did so, it wasn’t as a student. When he wanted to make a totem piece out of a hunk of granite, he picked up a hammer and a chisel and just did it in his spare time. Kenneth worked full time in advertising in Milan for two decades before recently coming home to Albany to care for his ailing parents. Kenneth believes, to quote the mystic poet Rumi, “As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.” Earlier this year, he decided to enter a competition in Atlanta for kinetic art installations. He didn’t know anything about kinetic art. He said, “I remember someone asking me ‘How can you make kinetic art when you’ve never done it before.’” Kenneth approached the competition like everything else and won. SkyFish stands at one of the entrances to Piedmont Park. It is a school of wooden fish, on tenfoot metal poles, that moves like weathervanes. When the air stills, the fish spin to a stop and land pointed every which way, which is representative of each person’s individual journey. When the wind kicks up, the fish all swim in the same direction and represents humanity’s collective journey. If you lie down beneath the installation when the wind is blowing, the fish swim in a vast, azure sea of sky. Kenneth radiates conviction when he speaks of his experiences as if each life, death, excursion, skill and component for his artistic creations were brought into his realm of existence by destiny. When you understand his artistic philosophy, experience his work or ever find yourself in his presence, you may think there isn’t anything on earth that he couldn’t turn into a profoundly meaningful something. You certainly won’t be able to resist petting the squirrel he’ll produce from his pocket. He named this tiny creature Guru, the Sanskrit word for spiritual teacher. NoMadic Creations kennethbridger.com

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THOM Issue 2 - Spring 2014  
THOM Issue 2 - Spring 2014  
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