Mobiles / Kinetic Sculpture
These kinetic sculptures are about the dynamicism of animal bodies. Mobiles
as an art form have degenerated into abstract trifles, perhaps because
nobody has figured out how to make representational mobiles, or there have
been no innovations since Calder decided he wanted to sculpt space rather
than form. New techniques make it possible to create kinetic sculptures
that are essays on living forms and movements. The pieces below are fully
articulated mobiles/stabiles that swim, twist, bite and shimmy in the
breeze just like their real-life counterparts. Enjoy!
- Materials: solid brass, some with copper, rubber, or patina detail.
- Size: 1-5'; some are maquettes for large steel (4-20') & composite (10-50') pieces.
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Unhorsed, ~1.5', with a computer
Fish out of water, ~3', a fountain
Chinese delicacy, ~1.5', a Fish closeup
Self-playing cello, ~1.5'
Galatea declines, ~5'
Elephant dexterity, ~4'
Pressed duck, ~2.5', in sympathy to a fossil
Raptor, ~2.5', ***
Bull #2, ~2', ***
Bryonia alba, ~2.5', after Bloßfeldt
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