Comic Weathervanes

Written by Patty Yu
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Throughout history, weathervane manufacturers have been very creative in designing these functional ornaments, from stained glass weathervanes to comic weathervanes. The earliest known weathervanes are from ancient Greek times, when winds were believed to hold divine powers. Over the centuries, weathervanes held a strong presence all over the world.

Whether you choose animal shaped or comic weathervanes, the function remains the same. Weathervanes are made to point toward the wind direction with specific physical characteristics. From the center of the ornament, mass must be equal on all sides, but the ornament's area must be unequal. As the wind blows, the ornament rotates on a ball bearing and points whichever direction the wind is blowing.

Besides the two physical rules to designing weathervanes, there are no other restrictions when creating the ornament, resulting in many creative shapes and styles throughout history. Animal shaped weathervanes are quite common in both two and three-dimensional designs, as well as stained glass, copper, and comic weathervanes. Throughout the world, collectors create great demand for antique weathervanes.

Where to Attach Comic Weathervanes

Should you choose to adorn your home and garden with a fancy (or not so fancy) weathervane, there are many options for where to place it. The most common place to attach a weathervane would be the rooftop, but a gazebo is also a nice possibility. Some other possibilities include a birdbath, cupola, or displaying the weathervane on it's own.


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