William Wainwright’s kinetic sculptures, with their playful forms and refractive surfaces, were fitting reminders of his personality and sensibilities.

An architect who left teaching at Harvard and never wore a tie again, Mr. Wainwright’s creations catch the light, cast rainbows, and send out bolts of glimmering light.

“The light was bouncing off Bill all the time and back at you,” said Boston sculptor Steve Hollinger, recounting the remarks of friends this spring when Mr. Wainwright’s sculpture “WindWheels” was rededicated at Logan International Airport. It was one of the first works of public art ever installed at Logan.

William Wainwright's Artworks and Works-in-Progress

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