Photos of a Custom Hanging Mobile made with brass and two attachment points

Photos of a custom mobile I finished making for a client (Robert Passal Inc. – Interior & Architectural Design) last week. It’s made with brass and will be installed above a conference table:

Photo of Brass Hanging Mobile with Two Attachment Points

Photo of Brass Hanging Mobile with Two Lines

It has two attachment points on the ceiling (two lines) to keep the wider (upper) part of the mobile parallel to the rectangular conference table.

Photo of Custom Mobiles made with Brass

Photo of Custom Mobiles made with Brass for a Conference Table

The lower (narrower) part of the mobile can rotate full circle.

Photo of Abstract Hanging Art Mobiles for sale

Photo of Custom Hanging Mobiles

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Where I get the materials for large custom mobiles

I took a couple of photos with my phone the other day of the place where I pick up materials for the large custom mobiles that I make. I can just stand there and imagine all the giant mobiles that could be made with this stuff:

Photo of Materials for Large Mobiles

Photo of Materials for Large Mobiles

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Acclaimed film “Alexander Calder” finally available on DVD

Alexander Calder, a film by Roger Sherman, that aired originally as part of  the “American Masters” series on PBS in 1998 is finally available on DVD. The acclaimed film shows Calder at work in his studio and never-before-seen archival films and photographs. It features interviews with Arthur Miller, Ellsworth Kelly, I.M. Pei, Brendan Gill, Marla Prather, David Ross, Calder’s daughters and grandson, Sandy Rower, and others.

Image of Alexander Calder Biography Film Documentary DVD

Here’s a preview:

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- Available through First Run Features -

- Also available on Amazon.com -

Two new designs for custom hanging mobiles

Two new designs for custom hanging mobiles:

Image of Hanging Mobile

The above mobile would be attached to the ceiling at two points to keep the wider upper half of the mobile from rotating full circle. [Update: see photos of the finished mobile]

Image of Hanging Mobile

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Large Custom Calder-Style Mobile Installation in Buenos Aires

These are photos I recently received from a client. I made a 12 feet (3.5 meter) tall Calderesque mobile for his two story atrium. I previously posted photos of this mobile at a local park a day after it snowed. After taking those pictures, I disassembled the mobile and pack it small enough so that it could be taken onto an airplane. Then the mobile was reassembled on location in Buenos Aires by the client’s assistant, Jorge:

Photo of Large Hanging Mobiles Painting

The shapes (paddles) had to be reattached and the new rivets needed to be painted.

Photo of Large Hanging Mobiles Preparation

Mini-pulley system for the roof designed by Jorge to raise the mobile:

Photo of Calder Mobile Reproduction Mechanism

The design of the mobile:

Photo of Mobile Calder Acheter

Measurements of the atrium:

Photo of Large Calder Mobile

The design of the mobile photoshopped into pictures of the space (the colors for the mobile had yet to be decided at this point):

Photo of Calder Mobile Replica Proposal

Photo of Calder Mobile Reproduction

Photos of the installed mobile:

Photo of Large Calder Mobiles Reproduction

Photo of Large Calder Mobile Reproduction

From the client: “The mobile is truly beautiful! [It] lives up to our expectations – which were inordinately high! The wonderful thing we discovered is the full meaning of the word ‘mobile’. With the advent of winter, we have turned on the heat on occasion. What that causes is real movement — almost a revolution per minute as the warm air floats upward. At night, with the lights on, the shadows play across the wall as well. Beautiful!”

Photo of Large Hanging Mobiles Calder

Photo of Calder Mobile

And for kicks, a local cafe in Buenos Aires around the corner from the residence where the mobile now is:

Photo of Local Cafe Buenos Aires

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