Pol Bury

Born in 1922 in Haine-Saint-Pierre, Belgium, Pol Bury is one of the leading figures of kinetic art.

As a young Belgium artist educated in France, Bury began his career as a Surrealist painter highly influenced by the work of René Magritte. After briefly associating with the CoBrA group, Bury discovered Alexander Calder’s mobiles, Bury gave up painting and started making kinetic sculptures.

Introducing motors in 1957, Bury assigned to his sometimes-monumental works an almost imperceptible random movement. “Speed limits space; slowness increases it,” said Bury.

Over the course of his career, Bury has received numerous large-scale public commissions, including a number of fountains as an additional ingredient of movement in his sculptures.