- June 11th 2013 -
- May 14th 2013 -
I’m excited to announce a new collection of mobiles that are the result of a collaboration between me and Henry Segerman, a research fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne:
Christie’s will be auctioning off four original Alexander Calder mobiles, two hanging ones and two standing ones (stabiles), at their Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale on May 15th 2013 at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The pieces for sale were created between 1941 and 1968 and are estimated to sell for between $1,200,000 and $3,500,000 each. Click on the photos below for their respective listings with details and videos for each piece.
I’m very excited about the possibilities that 3D printing opens to mobiles and really any sort of kinetic sculptures, setups that someone like Alexander Calder probably would not have thought of as possible or reasonable to make. It means that things can be made that used to be impossible to make by hand, especially by creating mobile designs through scripts and precise calculations. Balance points can be calculated to 1/100th of a milimeter and parts can be placed at exactly that point. The diameters of wires can be increased or decreased by very minimal amounts from one piece to the next. And hanging mobiles that would be extremely time consuming to make by hand can be made quite affordable. This first collection of 3D printed mobiles feels like it’s only the very beginning of exploring the possibilities.
Currently it looks like the first mobiles will be available through our Shapeways mobiles shop by mid-May 2013. If you’d like to be notified, please enter your email address in the form on the bottom left of this page.