George Rickey was born in South Bend, Indiana, but grew up in Scotland, where his father, an engineer, was transferred for work. It is thought that his childhood years spent sailing small craft around the Scottish waterways gave him an intuitive understanding of wind and movement that he drew on in his kinetic sculpture.
He earned a degree from Oxford University in England, then moved to Paris to study painting. During World War II, when he served in the American Army Air Corps, he discovered a love of solving mechanical problems, which may have been the impetus for his shift from painting to the creation of his first kinetic sculpture in 1949.
Over the rest of his career, he continued to refine his sculpture until it reached the simplicity and elegance of the elongated, vertical structure that is embodied in MAG’s Two Blades Up Excentric.