Q - Can HypNartic wind Sculptures be anchored in sand at the beach?
A - The easiest way to anchor our sculptures in beach sand is to purchase a large plastic garden pot at Home Depot or Lowes, at least 2 ft deep, bury it in the sand and fill it with ordinary garden soil. Once that is done install the wind sculpture as we suggest in our instructions using the ground anchor we provide. This method will give great support to the wind sculpture.
Q - How do I keep my copper wind sculpture looking new?
A - There are many good copper cleaners on the market that will do the job. One method - If you apply a coating of automobile wax, cleaner/wax combination, the copper should remain bright. I recommend doing this when needed; it shouldn't take more than ten minutes to apply and remove.
We do not recommend clear coating with a spray.
Q - Will my wind sculpture develop a patina?
A - Yes, it will develop a patina depending upon what kind of acids are in the air. You can hurry it along by placing some 1/4 cup yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup of ammonia and two tablespoons of Miracle Grow.
Q- What is minimum wind velocity that will move Hypnartic wind art?
A - Our Double Spinning Leaves wind sculpture will begin to turn at 3 to 4 mph, at this slow pace the arms and leaves give a very kaleidoscopic effect. We use very expensive sealed bearings and match each set of leaves by weight so one side will not be heavier than the other. By insuring each arm and leave are close in weight we are able to get our sculpture to turn in very modest winds. We also have designed each leave with a slight cantor to it so in very high winds it will spill some of the wind. This keeps our sculptures from wildly spinning like a pin wheel and continuing to deliver a visual treat.
Q - Where can I find additional assembly instructions?
A - Assembly instructions can be found on the web site. There you will find printed instructions as well as assembly videos.
Q - Do I have to remove the wind sculpture during high winds?
A - No; if installed properly using the supplied anchor and inserting the lowerpole one foot into the ground, the sculpture can withstand winds up to 50 miles per hour. In winds in excess of 50 mph, we recommend removing the upper portion of the sculpture.
Q - How can I maintain the shiny copper finish?
A - We suggest using an automobile cleaner/wax combination polish. A quick polish every couple of years should suffice. We do not recommend a clear spray coating; this will begin to flake off in a few years and the balance will be very difficult to remove.
Q - Can I leave the sculpture outside all year long?
A - Yes; Hypnartic sculptures are designed to withstand extreme temperatures and will not be harmed by snow, rain or extreme heat.
Q - Do I have to grease or lubricate any part of the sculpture?
A - No; our sculptures are maintenance free. The multiple bearings that allow the sculptures to turn are permanently sealed and do not need lubrication.