About


 

Image - Marco Mahler

I’m a kinetic sculptor specializing in mobiles. I make handmade mobiles, large custom-made mobiles, 3D printed mobiles and kinetic sculptures.

Ever since I came across Alexander Calder‘s mobiles at the National Gallery of Art fourteen years ago, I’ve been fascinated with mobiles. At first I tried my hand at minimalistic wire mobiles. After receiving several requests for larger custom mobiles, what started as a hobby turned into a full-time occupation. Since then, I’ve designed and made a wide variety of retail mobiles, large custom mobiles, 3D printed mobiles (which appear to be the first fully 3D printed ones in the world), and kinetic sculptures.

My work has been featured at New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park, the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and at commercial spaces, galleries, art shops, and (of course) private residences. I’ve contributed articles about mobiles for several publications such as Make Magazine, and the 3D printed mobiles have been featured in Gestalten’s “Printing Things – Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing”.

Besides making mobiles, in chronological order, I’ve programmed 3D animations, cleaned machines at a Lego factory, worked as a bike messenger and licensed tour guide in New York City, operated the coin press machine on top of the Empire State Building (which consisted of pressing the one and only button on the whole machine but I’ll probably never have a job with a view as good as that one again), built out lofts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, built half a log home in the Virginia mountains (the second half that is), put out two music albums (both of them generating a genuine buzz in the music blogosphere), and programmed algorithmic stock trading strategies and custom indicators for financial charts.

I was born in Chicago and grew up in Switzerland. After New York City and Portland, Oregon, I now live in Richmond, Virginia with my wife and our two boys, where I work out of a work shop in the heart of the arts district.

© 2014 Marco Mahler