Wizard at Work: The Life and Art of George Rhoads - by Emily Rhoads Johnson
Original printing in 2010 by Emily Rhoads Johnson, second printing in 2022
If you've ever watched the madcap antics of colorful balls rolling, bouncing, and whirring through George Rhoads' audio-kinetic sculptures, you may have wondered what sort of person could possibly invent these spellbinding contraptions. Here you will discover how Rhoads, who dreamed of becoming a successful painter, also became a renowned creator of public art whose ball machines can be seen in airports, shopping malls, science museums, and hospitals throughout the world.
Multi-talented artist George Rhoads settled in Ithaca in 1985. Many Ithacans will remember visiting Rock Stream Studios, where the ball machines were built. The History Center holds the Rock Stream Studio archival collection.