The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park opened November 2. It displays over 30 of Simpson’s colossal kinetic sculptures made by recycling industrial castoffs. Simpson built the structures until about six months before his death, at age 94, in 2013. He caught the attention of collectors, and his work has been displayed at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The idea to move the sculptures from Simpson’s farm into downtown Wilson came as his health prohibited him from oiling and otherwise weatherproofing them, one piece being 32 feet long and weighing 13,500 pounds. The two-acre park is a public-private partnership with a long list of state and local, commercial, and individual donors. Conservators from around the nation were consulted, and the project led to the development of new protocols for curators of outdoor folk art. Hundreds attended the ribbon cutting, which kicked off the town’s 13th annual Whirligig Festival. The Whirligig Museum is still under construction.