Mobiles by Marco Mahler - Modern Hanging Kinetic Mobiles - 3D Printing Art - Custom Sculptures http://www.marcomahler.com I make mobiles, art mobiles that is, mostly modern, and hanging kinetic art installations, ready-to-ship ones, custom sculptures and 3D printing art Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:59:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Interview about my mobiles with Italian art magazine FAMOhttp://www.marcomahler.com/mobiles-art-magazine-interview/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobiles-art-magazine-interview http://www.marcomahler.com/mobiles-art-magazine-interview/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:34:58 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4027 Italian art magazine FAMO just published its new summer issue which includes an interview with me about my mobiles. It covers topics such as Alexander Calder‘s influence on my mobiles, how I got started making mobiles, the line between art and design when working with interior designers, and the collection of 3d printed mobiles.

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MAKE Article – How to Make a Mobile based on Calder’s mobileshttp://www.marcomahler.com/how-to-make-mobiles-based-on-calder-mobiles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-make-mobiles-based-on-calder-mobiles http://www.marcomahler.com/how-to-make-mobiles-based-on-calder-mobiles/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:30:34 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4025 I wrote an article for the new issue (Vol 40) of MAKE magazine titled Make a Modern Mobile – Swivels and a weight give flexibility and stability to this contemporary design. It explains how to make Mobile 78, a mobile based on Alexander Calder’s mid-century modern mobiles with a contemporary design element to it. It includes a list of all the tools and materials needed and goes through all the steps to make the parts and assemble them.

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There’s an online version of the article, a PDF version, or subscribe to the magazine (they have lots of other great projects in each issue!).

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Also, see the page that I made on my website here that explains some of the basics about the balance of a hanging mobile and see my blog post about what wire to use to make a hanging mobile and where to buy it. I also have a blog post with some of the questions that I receive via email regarding how to make mobiles and my answers and see some of my mobiles – handmade mobiles, large custom-made mobiles, 3D printed mobiles and kinetic sculptures – if you’re looking for design ideas. I also have a page with a definition and a short history of mobiles.

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Photos of a Custom Hanging Mobile made with brass and two attachment pointshttp://www.marcomahler.com/custom-hanging-mobile-made-with-brass/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=custom-hanging-mobile-made-with-brass http://www.marcomahler.com/custom-hanging-mobile-made-with-brass/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:03:46 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4011 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:

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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.

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Photo of Custom Mobiles made with Brass for a Conference Table

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

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Where I get the materials for large custom mobileshttp://www.marcomahler.com/materials-for-large-custom-mobiles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=materials-for-large-custom-mobiles http://www.marcomahler.com/materials-for-large-custom-mobiles/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:09:52 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4009 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:

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Acclaimed film “Alexander Calder” finally available on DVDhttp://www.marcomahler.com/alexander-calder-biography-film-documentary-dvd/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=alexander-calder-biography-film-documentary-dvd http://www.marcomahler.com/alexander-calder-biography-film-documentary-dvd/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:04:52 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4004 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.

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Here’s a preview:

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Two new designs for custom hanging mobileshttp://www.marcomahler.com/hanging-mobile-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hanging-mobile-2 http://www.marcomahler.com/hanging-mobile-2/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:46:02 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4002 Two new designs for custom hanging mobiles:

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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]

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Large Custom Calder-Style Mobile Installation in Buenos Aireshttp://www.marcomahler.com/large-calder-mobile-reproduction/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=large-calder-mobile-reproduction http://www.marcomahler.com/large-calder-mobile-reproduction/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:26:35 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3975 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:

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

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

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The design of the mobile:

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Measurements of the atrium:

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

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Photos of the installed mobile:

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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!”

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

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Photos of a large custom mobile I installed in Texas last weekhttp://www.marcomahler.com/large-mobiles-ceiling/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=large-mobiles-ceiling http://www.marcomahler.com/large-mobiles-ceiling/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 17:32:09 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3952 Photos of a large custom mobile I installed in a lobby at a commercial real estate company in Houston, Texas last week:

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The shapes of the “paddles” are inspired by Alexander Calder‘s mobiles.

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The custom design is based on proposals I previously posted on my blog here. The custom colors for the mobile are based on the circular rug in the lobby.

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- On-site installation took less than an hour -

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Measuring 12 feet (3 1/2 meters) in height and 10 feet (3 meters) in diameter, made of steel, rivets, primer and paint. The mobile weighs about 15 pounds (7 kilograms).

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Email from the project manager/designer: “Thanks again for all the care and time you took creating the beautiful mobile. I got a text from the client today that it “looks fantastic!” – he is very pleased.”

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4 of my mobiles now available at Carol Kucera Gallery in Santa Fe, NMhttp://www.marcomahler.com/hanging-mobiles-for-sale-nm/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hanging-mobiles-for-sale-nm http://www.marcomahler.com/hanging-mobiles-for-sale-nm/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 15:58:49 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3882 4 of my mobiles are now available at Carol Kucera Gallery in Santa Fe, NM:

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Drawing of a custom Calder-like mobile above a conference tablehttp://www.marcomahler.com/calder-mobiles-reproduction/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=calder-mobiles-reproduction http://www.marcomahler.com/calder-mobiles-reproduction/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 22:03:18 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3879 Just a drawing I just made for a custom Calder-like mobile above a conference table:

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3D Printed Mobiles in new book “Printing Things – Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing”http://www.marcomahler.com/3d-printing-art-mobiles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3d-printing-art-mobiles http://www.marcomahler.com/3d-printing-art-mobiles/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:54:11 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3874 Our 3d printed mobiles are in a new book by publisher and creative agency Gestalten titled Printing Things – Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing. It’s an inspirational and understandable exploration of the creative potential of 3D printing that introduces outstanding projects, key experts, and the newest technologies.

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About The Book

3D printers will soon be found in more and more workshops, offices, and homes. With them, we will be able to print out small pieces of furniture, prototypes, replacement parts, and even a new toothbrush on-site at any time. Consequently, new production methods and business models are developing—along with a new visual language of multidimensional formal explorations. Today, 3D objects and complex forms can already be printed out that were previously impossible to achieve with traditional methods.

Printing Things is an inspirational and understandable exploration of the creative potential of 3D printing. The book not only introduces outstanding projects, key experts, and the newest technologies, but it also delves into the complex topics that these paradigm-shifting technologies bring up, such as how to handle copyrights and seamless manufacturing.

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Two original Calder mobiles for sale on May 13th 2014http://www.marcomahler.com/alexander-calder-mobiles-for-sale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=alexander-calder-mobiles-for-sale http://www.marcomahler.com/alexander-calder-mobiles-for-sale/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:12:12 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3858 Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale on May 13th 2014 at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City will include two Calder mobiles, one hanging and one standing.

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Poisson volant (Flying Fish)
hanging mobile
1957
signed with initials and dated ‘CA 57’
24 x 89 x 40 in. (60.9 x 226 x 101.6 cm.)
From the collection of Edwin A. and Lindy (Betty) Bergman
Expected auction price $9,000,000 – $12,000,000

[Update: it sold for $25,925,000 tonight (May 13th 2014) - a new world auction record for Calder]

From the catalogue: Alexander Calder’s remarkable sculpture, Poisson volant (Flying Fish), amply demonstrates the breadth and diversity of the artist’s prolific career. The sleek black outline of the fish combined with the complex construction of animated elements that comprise the fish tail demonstrate the artist’s unique compositional ability, unsurpassed technical execution and sheer sense of joie de vivre in one memorable work. Although much of Calder’s work was defiantly non-referential, the fish motif was one that occurred throughout his life; from Steel Fish, one of the artist’s early standing mobiles he created in 1934, to the themed headboard he made for Peggy Guggenheim in 1945, and continuing with his large scale mobiles and stabiles, such as the present work and Yellow Whale created during the late 1950s, the symbolic nature of the fish seemed to encompass much of what Calder wanted to achieve in his unique brand of sculpture.

Dominated by its dramatic silhouette, Poisson volant skillfully combines the monumentality of Calder’s large-scale sculptures with the delicacy of his legendary mobiles. The striking appearance of the fish’s curved body is tempered by the hypnotic nature of the fish’s eye, which Calder beautifully fashions out of a tightly coiled piece of steel wire. The monumentality of the fish’s body is then tempered by the dramatic fourish of fishy tale — a highly dynamic collection of more than a dozen individuality fabricated and assembled elements, which, when moved by a passing breeze, spring into life with all the zeal of fish darting through the water. Working on both the vertical and horizontal plane, Poisson volant is one of Calder’s most complex works as both aesthetically and structurally, his arrangement of elements work together to produce an effect that delights and amazes as it becomes a symphony of movement and joy.

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By taking the fish as his subject matter, Calder is building on a custom that dates back to the very earliest days of human civilization. The fish has acquired an important role in many of the world’s great faiths and religions. In the West, the earliest use of the fish as a symbolic object was made by the Christian theologian Clement of Alexandria (born circa 150) who encouraged his readers to place the image of a fish in their personal seals. The origin of the fish’s status in the Christian faith has been traced
back to the miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand (the only miracle to appear in all four Gospels) in which Jesus feeds a large crowd of people with just five loaves and two fish. In the Eastern tradition, the fish is one of the eight Buddhist symbols of good fortune, and in many faiths acts as a representation of abundance and wealth. Linked to the idea that water is the giver of life, the fish has become associated with sustenance and nourishment and also linked to health, wealth and prosperity.

But for Calder, the fish was symbolic of the serene and graceful movement that he was trying to emulate in his work. After centuries of being constrained by its static traditions, Calder wanted to release sculpture from these confines and introduce a fourth dimension to the work—that of movement. The resulting body of work, of which this piece is arguably one of the most accomplished examples, gave Calder the opportunity to fully explore the kinetic possibilities of sculpture and produce three-dimensional worlds that were in constant fux. As he once said, “A mobile is a feisty thing and seldom stays tranquilly in one place. …A mobile in motion leaves an individual wake behind it , or rather, each element leaves an individual wake behind its individual self. Sometimes these wakes are contracted within each other, and sometimes they are deployed” (A. Calder, quoted by M. Prather, Alexander Calder 1898-1976, Washington, 1998, p. 137).

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He first began to explore the aesthetic possibilities of the fish form in 1929 with his exquisitely delicate work, Goldfsh Bowl. By 1934, it appeared again in his large-scale sculptures, and in the summer of that year, buoyed by the warm temperatures and his recent move to an old farmhouse he’d purchased in Connecticut, Calder produced a monumental outdoor sculpture called Steel Fish. Many of these early complex constructions coincide with the organic imagery of Joan Miró and Paul Klee. Calder and Miró formed a lifelong friendship after the pair first met in Paris in 1928 and lasted until Calder’s death in 1976. But as Miró’s work became more symbolic, Calder’s became more abstract. Although his piscine forms were making more frequent appearances in his oeuvre, these pieces often merely allude to forms without following them implicitly. When these new works were shown at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York in 1937, a critic asked Calder to define the significance of these new organic forms. He replied, “I don’t really think that the thing can be reduced to a formula. Each thing I make has, according to its degrees of success, a plastic quality, which includes many things… These things may be related, and doubtless are, but I have formed no theories about the relation. An idea which will lead me to make a new ‘object’ may come from almost anywhere, from anything” (A. Calder, quoted in M. Prather, Alexander Calder 1898-1976, Washington, 1998, p. 138).

Calder’s use of this form was to reach a wider audience when, in 1939, he was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art to produce a work for their new building in New York. The result was the spectacular Lobster Trap and Fish Tail. This consisted of a cascade of black organic elements that would become one of his trademark arrangements, and along with a wire cage-like trap and a bright red lure, this work was his largest hanging mobile to date—and the commission that launched Calder’s career as a publicly known artist. The success of Lobster Trap and Fish Tail also meant that Calder had become a critical, as well as a commercial success. Four years later, when the Museum of Modern Art staged a retrospective of his work, he became the youngest artist ever to have been accorded the honor, an event that was to propel him into the ranks of America’s most influential living artists.

Although the fish form proved to be the perfect vehicle for enabling him to express his interest in the spontaneity and kinetic nature of his sculpture, it also enabled him to indulge in the whimsical and more intimate side of his work. In the winter of 1945-46, Peggy Guggenheim, the socialite and art collector, commissioned Calder to make her a silver headboard for her apartment in New York. Calder chose to craft for her a magical, shimmering depiction of an underwater garden. He included two simple fish motifs in the bottom left of the work, closest to where Peggy Guggenheim would have entered the room. In an added touch of whimsy, the fish were not part of the work itself, but attached to it by thin wires, which meant that they would move and shimmer with every gust of wind or each time someone entered or left the room. Peggy Guggenheim became particularly fond of Calder’s work containing his fish motif. A large, fish mobile hung in the drawing room of her apartment and often became a talking point during her glamorous cocktail parties.

Perhaps fittingly, the piscine motif that had been so central to almost half a century of Calder’s work is also the key theme in one of Calder’s final commissions. Untitled (1976) is a large mobile specially made for the Trustees of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to hang in the atrium of their new East Building. It is comprised of a majestic collection of black, red and blue forms suspended below a shimmering glass ceiling; the effect of the sunlight bouncing off these gently moving multicolored forms evokes the sight of tropical fish swimming in shallow pools of sun-drenched water. Of all of Calder’s forms, in terms of its size, complexity and sheer delight, Poisson volant is clearly one of the most accomplished sculptures of his career. Its monumental size and graceful and majestic movement is a supreme example of Calder’s skill not just as an engineer, but also as an artist who took a thousand years of sculptural tradition and turned it upside down, and in doing so created some of the most innovative and influential works of the past one hundred years. As the artist himself once said “When everything goes right, a mobile is a piece of poetry that dances with the joy of life and surprises” (A. Calder, Calder, London, 2004, p. 261).

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Also for sale:

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Untitled
standing mobile
1945
Expected auction price $900,000 – $1,200,000

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Behind the Virtual Storefront: Interview with mobile maker and Etsy seller Marco Mahlerhttp://www.marcomahler.com/interview-etsy-sellers-mobiles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=interview-etsy-sellers-mobiles http://www.marcomahler.com/interview-etsy-sellers-mobiles/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:40:43 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3854 Artist, printmaker and writer Aijung Kim is running a series of interviews with Etsy sellers titled “Behind the Virtual Storefront” in connection with a workshop on Etsy Seller Basics that she is teaching at the VMFA Studio School. She was so nice to ask me to participate:

“I discovered Marco’s shop when I typed “Richmond, VA” in the “Shop Local” feature on Etsy. Marco Mahler’s shop, ArtMobile, intrigued me because fine art mobiles like his are an unusual item to find on Etsy, and he takes great photographs of his work. His mobiles are fun and stylish, and pretty classy-looking if I do say so myself. His 3d-printed mobiles are apparently the first of their kind! Also, I don’t see that many guy sellers on Etsy, so his shop stood out to me for that reason, too. I hope you enjoy reading the interview with Marco. Turns out he’s pretty business-savvy. I learned a lot from reading his answers. Enjoy!”

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Photos of a custom mobile I finished last weekhttp://www.marcomahler.com/custom-mobiles-3/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=custom-mobiles-3 http://www.marcomahler.com/custom-mobiles-3/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:28:46 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3844 Photos of a custom mobile I finished last week for a private residence in Florida (via CAD International):

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The design is inspired by the architecture of the Butterfield House in New York City for which I previously made a custom mobile.

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Designs for large custom mobiles for a two story lobbyhttp://www.marcomahler.com/large-custom-mobiles-calder-style-mid-century-modern/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=large-custom-mobiles-calder-style-mid-century-modern http://www.marcomahler.com/large-custom-mobiles-calder-style-mid-century-modern/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:27:19 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3814 Designs for large custom mobiles for a two story lobby in Houston, TX – The client requested a Calder-style mobile that would help create a modern, classy, airy feeling:

Design 1:

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In red and black, a classic Calder combination:

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Again, in red and black:

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Design 2:

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First floor perspective:

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Design 3 – inspired by the shapes on a rug that will be in the lobby:

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Design 4 – Showing a different type of mobile structure with a mid-century modern art design element to it:

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[Update: The client picked "Design 2" - see photos of the finished and installed mobile]

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Mobile above stairwell – Two photos from a happy clienthttp://www.marcomahler.com/hanging-mobile-stairwell/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hanging-mobile-stairwell http://www.marcomahler.com/hanging-mobile-stairwell/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:46:13 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3796 Two photos I just received from a happy customer (“Mobile is amazing, well crafted. Thank you!”):

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Photo of a Mobile hanging above a stairwell

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Custom Mobiles for a sunglasses / eyeglasses companyhttp://www.marcomahler.com/custom-mobiles-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=custom-mobiles-2 http://www.marcomahler.com/custom-mobiles-2/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:38:43 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3798 Custom mobiles I designed for a sunglasses / eyeglasses company:

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Drawing of Custom Mobiles

- Made of titanium which is 56% the weight of steel -

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Drawing of Custom Mobiles

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Large Custom Calder-Style Mobile at snowy parkhttp://www.marcomahler.com/large-calder-style-mobile-custom-sale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=large-calder-style-mobile-custom-sale http://www.marcomahler.com/large-calder-style-mobile-custom-sale/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:42:48 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3774 It was snowing yesterday so I took this large Calder-style mobile I just finished to the park, thinking the red and black shapes would probably show off nicely against the white of the snow in the photos. It’s a custom made 12 feet (3.5 meter) tall Calderesque mobile made of carbon cold rolled steel made for a client’s two story atrium:

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Upon the client’s request, I disassembled this mobile after taking these photos and packed it so tightly that he could bring it to Buenos Aires on an airplane. See the photos of the reassembly and installation of the mobile on location.

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Not a Calder reproduction, but definitely strongly Calder inspired.

And just for fun, here’s a GIF animation with a snow flurry (pun intended for the Calder aficionados reading this):

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Where’s the line between a Calder replica and a Calder inspired mobile?http://www.marcomahler.com/alexander-calder-mobile-replica-sale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=alexander-calder-mobile-replica-sale http://www.marcomahler.com/alexander-calder-mobile-replica-sale/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:31:56 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3752 Every now and then I receive a request from a client to make a large custom-sized Calderesque mobile, a mobile in the style of Alexander Calder, inventor of modern mobiles. I am not allowed, nor is anyone else, to make replicas (exact reproductions) of his mobiles. They are all copyrighted. Yet when I draw up proposals for these kinds of projects, I keep wondering where the lines are between a mobile that could be a replica, a mobile that’s strongly influenced by Calder’s style and a Calder inspired mobile. If I copied his style to a tee, most people wouldn’t be able to tell it from an original Calder mobile, yet it wouldn’t be a replica.

Image of large custom Calder mobile for sale

Image of Large Calder Mobiles For Sale

The question here is not quite the same as with paintings for example, because Calder invented a new art form and he is to date the only well known mobile maker. Very few kinetic sculptors have tried to create their own style of mobiles so far, and even then, the basic idea, and in many cases the structures of the their mobiles, are based on Calder’s work. In that way, most mobiles are Calder inspired.

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Custom Sized Mobiles – 3-D modeling software allows for precise planninghttp://www.marcomahler.com/custom-sized-hanging-mobiles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=custom-sized-hanging-mobiles http://www.marcomahler.com/custom-sized-hanging-mobiles/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:57:47 +0000 http://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3739 Diagrams I just drew up for a couple of proposals to illustrate the space available to custom sized mobiles that will be able to rotate full circle:

Diagram - Custom Hanging Mobiles - Space

Diagram - Custom Hanging Mobiles - Space

Diagram - Custom Hanging Mobiles - Space

Diagram - Custom Hanging Mobiles - Space

These are not the most impressive examples, but using 3-D modeling software allows for precise planning to ensure a custom sized mobile will fit the space nicely.

It is also a great tool during the design stage of a custom mobile to show how it will look exactly in a specific space:

Diagram of Custom Hanging Mobiles

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