Rolly Crump was a designer, or Imagineer as they are called now, for the Walt Disney Company in the 60's. Crump worked on everything from Tiki mugs to whimsical building designs. One of his creations was the 120 ft kinetic sculpture "Tower of the 4 Winds" for the 1964 Worlds's Fair. This solar machine by the Eames may have been an inspiration.
Crump is still an active artist- take a look at his paintings here.