Mobiles by Marco Mahler – Modern Hanging Kinetic Mobiles – 3D Printing Art – Custom Sculptures https://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 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:55:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 https://www.marcomahler.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cropped-Large-Custom-Mobiles-Marco-Mahler-32x32.jpg Mobiles by Marco Mahler – Modern Hanging Kinetic Mobiles – 3D Printing Art – Custom Sculptures https://www.marcomahler.com 32 32 New Contemporary Original Mobile Sculptures in Progress – Part 2 https://www.marcomahler.com/mobile-sculpture-hanging-art-contemporary-abstract/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:42:25 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=5144 Additional snapshots of additional new abstract mobile sculptures that I’m currently working on:

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Each part in these mobiles is suspended and balanced. The balance structure in each mobile is essentially the same as in an classic Calder mobile, which is basically a whippletree mechanism turned upside down. They are suspended kinetic sculptures, each part is able to move independently with the air currents. They’re all made of steel.

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These mobiles may be more contemporary in design, as opposed to some of the larger commissioned mobiles that I’ve made that are inspired by Alexander Calder‘s work (originator of the mobile sculpture) or some of the more mid-century modern mobiles. They also seem to be coming full circle back to some of the very first mobiles I made.

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I’ll see your spider and raise you a centipede?

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Photo of Contemporary Hanging Sculpture

I’m not sure yet what I’ll be doing with these mobiles. Maybe use them as maquettes for larger custom sculptures, or maybe finish them and see about an art gallery show for a change. Either way, they seem to be rather new, contemporary and original (and sometimes gravity defying?) to me, which I’m very excited about.

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Mobile Sculptures at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 https://www.marcomahler.com/mobile-sculptures-for-sale-art-basel-miami-beach-2017/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 02:00:26 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=5161 Mobile Sculptures for sale at Art Basel Miami Beach December 7th – 10th 2017:

Roy Lichtenstein
Mobile I, 1989
Galerie Gmurzynska

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FOS
Mobile, 2010
Nils Stærk

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Alexander Calder
Untitled, 1967
Kukje Gallery / Tina Kim Gallery

Photo of original Alexander Calder Mobile for sale

Alexander Calder
Gypsophila on Black Skirt, 1950
Helly Nahmad Gallery

Photo of Alexander Calder Standing Mobile for sale

Helly Nahmad Gallery also showed and sold Rouge Triomphant, a large hanging mobile by Calder, at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2014.

Alexander Calder
Untitled, 1955
Helly Nahmad Gallery

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The above mobile sculpture measures 9 ft (2.74m) in height and 11 ft (3.35m) in width. It was made by Calder in India and can rotate full circle. Helly Nahmad Gallery is offering it for US$6.8 million.

Alexander Calder
Three Tentacles, 1975
Galerie Thomas

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Alexander Calder
Untitled, 1974
Galería Leandro Navarro

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Martin Boyce
Untitled, 2017
The Modern Institute

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Alexander Calder
Red Snail, 1959
Galerie Thomas

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Tomás Saraceno
Cumulonimubus calvus/M+Mb, 2017
Esther Schipper

Photo of Tomas Saraceno Suspended Sculpture for sale

Tomás Saraceno
Foam 91p/Mn, 2017
Esther Schipper

Photo of Tomas Saraceno Suspended Sculpture for sale

Tomás Saraceno
NGC/IC/M, 2017
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

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Claire Falkenstein
Sun, 1960
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

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The above sculpture reminds me of Swarm Chandelier by Zaha Hadid.

Bruce Nauman
Untitled (Two Wolves, Two Deer), 1989
Hauser & Wirth

Photo of Claire Falkenstein Hanging Sculpture for sale

Jorge Pardo
Untitled, 2015
neugerriemschneider

Photo of Jorge Pardo Hanging Sculpture for sale

And some suspended sculptures for sale at Design Miami Dec 6th to–10th 2017:

Christopher Kurtz
Untitled #1, 2017
Patrick Parrish Gallery

Photo of Christopher Kurtz Suspended Sculpture for sale

Christopher Kurtz
Untitled, 2017
Patrick Parrish Gallery

Photo of Kurtz Abstract Suspended Sculpture for sale

Kasper Kjeldgaard
Talisman, 2017
Patrick Parrish Gallery

Photo of Kasper Kjeldgaard Hanging Sculpture for sale

And a hanging mobile:
Kasper Kjeldgaard
Friction, 2017
Patrick Parrish Gallery

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Contemporary Mobile Sculpture – Distinct Appearances from Various Angles https://www.marcomahler.com/contemporary-mobile-sculpture/ Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:16:30 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=5142 Snapshots of a mobile in progress – as part of a new series of contemporary original mobile sculptures I’m currently working on. The 2-dimensional photos illustrate well the many different ways a mobile sculpture can appear from various angles:

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Photo of Contemporary Mobile Sculpture

Same as the above linked-to sculptures, this mobile is a kinetic sculpture based on the same type of balance structure as a conventional Calder mobile, yet original and contemporary in design (architectural in design?).

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Photo of Contemporary Mobile Sculpture

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Photo of Contemporary Mobile Sculpture

See more contemporary mobile sculptures:
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New Contemporary Original Mobile Sculptures in Progress – Part 1 https://www.marcomahler.com/mobile-sculpture-art-contemporary-original/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:51:04 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=5087 Some snapshots of new mobile sculptures I’m currently working on:

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Photo of Mobile Sculpture Artist Contemporary

Photo of Mobile Sculpture Artist Contemporary

Photo of Mobile Sculpture Artist Contemporary

Photo of Mobile Sculpture Artist Contemporary

Photo of Mobile Sculpture Artist Contemporary

These are true mobiles, meaning they are kinetic and based on the same balance structure as a Calder mobile, yet original and contemporary in design.

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Photo of Mobile Sculpture Artist Contemporary

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Mobile Sculpture Artists – A History of Mobiles (Part 2) https://www.marcomahler.com/mobile-sculpture-artists/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:00:34 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=3707 This is a continuation to my previous post Mobiles before Calder – A History of Mobiles (Part 1), in which I wrote about mobiles (or mobile-like sculptures) throughout history up until the early 1930s, when Alexander Calder started to make them. This second part focuses on sculptors who have made mobiles from the 1930s on.

Probably anyone who is familiar with mobiles as an art form knows of Calder’s work. After all, he is widely regarded as the originator of the genre, which he continues to dominate even to present-day. Art critic and Los Angeles Times contributor David Pagel refers to mobiles as “a genre of sculpture [Calder] may not have invented but owns so completely that it’s almost impossible for another artist to make a mobile and not be compared, unfavorably, to Calder.” As someone who makes mobiles professionally, I believe that there are vast uncharted territories in the art form of mobiles.

Not many sculptors have applied themselves to the relatively new art form yet over the past 100 years. However, some sculptors and specifically mobile artists (besides Calder) have made important contributions to the art form since the early 1930s. Here are some of the ones I’m aware of (in somewhat chronological order):

Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) was an English sculptor and artist. A self-trained yet extremely skilled craftsmen in metal, he is regarded as one of the major figures in the arts of the second half of the 20th century. In the early 1950s, while working with architect Rodney Thomas, he made mobiles both suspended and standing. Made of wire, balsa wood, copper and brass, very few of these mobiles survive:

Photo of Lynn Chadwick The Fisheater 1951 Outdoor Mobile Sculpture

Photo of Lynn Chadwick Mobile 1950

Photo of Lynn Chadwick Mobile 1950

Photo of Lynn Chadwick Dragonfly 1951 Mobile Sculpture

His son Daniel Chadwick makes mobiles as well.

Photo of Lynn Chadwick The Fisheater 1951 Standing Mobile Sculpture

A mobile appears to be hanging on the wall in the back in Lynn Chadwick’s studio:

Photo of Lynn Chadwick The Fisheater 1951 Standing Mobile Sculpture

George Rickey (1907-2002) was an American kinetic sculptor. Originally inspired by Calder’s mobiles and having served as an engineer in the Army Air Corps in World War II, he is well known for his innovative standing kinetic sculptures that respond to the slightest air currents, and whose simplicity and scale made him an important figure in contemporary art. In 2002, The New York Times wrote: “It is a curious fact of contemporary art history that Mr. Rickey left no significant artistic heirs … no sculptor has adopted his innovations with comparably persuasive ambition or elegance.” Among others, I would think Phil Price would probably qualify as a significant artistic heir. As to Rickey and mobiles, he made them as a child already and kept returning to the art form:

Photo of George Rickey Sun and Moon 1951 Mobile Sculpture

Photo of George Rickey Seesaw and Carousel 1956 Mobile Sculpture

Photo of George Rickey Diptych The Seasons 1956 Mobile Sculpture

A standing mobile:

Photo of George Rickey Leaning Tower circa 1952 Standing Mobile

Richard Lippold (1915-2002) was an American sculptor known for his geometric constructions, often relating to Cubism and Constructivism. His suspended sculptures may not qualify as mobiles, but I like them too much to not include them in this list. He spent decades stringing wires across rooms, working with architects like Walter Gropius, creating hanging sculptures that measured over 100 feet and consisted of miles of wire. The below pictured “Orpheus and Apollo”, which used to be installed at Lincoln Center, was possibly one of the largest works of public art in New York City (it is currently dismantled for maintenance and conservation):

Photo of Richard Lippold Orpheus and Apollo 1961 Large Hanging Sculpture

Photo of Richard Lippold Variation Number -7 Full Moon 1950 Suspended Sculpture

Photo of Richard Lippold Ceiling Four Seasons Restaurant Manhattan late 1950s Suspended Sculpture

Bruno Munari (1907-1998) was an Italian artist, designer, and inventor. He was interested in creating pieces of art that could interact with their environment, and made what he called “Useless Machines” (macchine inutili) of which many were essentially mobiles. Very similar to Calder’s thought process when he started to make mobiles, Munari thought that instead of painting geometric forms, why not free them from their static state and suspend them in the air:

Photo of Bruno Munari Macchina Inutile in Metallo Colorato 1949 Mobile Sculpture

Photo of Bruno Munari La Civiltà delle Macchine 1955 Mobile Sculpture

The following suspended sculpture by Munari seems related to Ruth Asawa’s looped wire sculptures that she made only a short number of years later:

Photo of Bruno Munari Concavo convesso 1947 Mobile Sculpture

Philippe Hiquily (1925-2013) was a a French sculptor and designer. After attending Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, including workshops by sculptor Jean Tinguely, he went on to make a wide variety of sculptures and furniture, including mobiles:

Photo of Philippe Hiquily Mobile Sculpture 1

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Kenneth Martin (1905-1984) was an English painter and sculptor. After focusing on portraits and landscapes, his interest turned to Kasimir Malevich‘s art and geometric abstraction, which he also applied to mobiles and kinetic sculptures beginning in the early 1950s:

Photo of Hanging Mobile by Kenneth Martin 1

Photo of Hanging Mobile by Kenneth Martin 2

Among contemporary mobile artists, Miranda Watkins’ mobiles appear to be taking a similar approach as the above mobile, as well as some of the 3d printed mobiles I created in a collaboration with mathematician Henry Segerman.

Photo of Kenneth Martin Screw Mobile 1959

Gertrud Louise Goldschmidt (1912–1994), more commonly known as Gego, was a modern Venezuelan artist and sculptor. I wouldn’t consider her suspended kinetic sculptures necessarily to be mobiles, at least not the ones that I’m familiar with. Yet I think the breakthroughs she contributed are, and will be, very significant to the art form:

Photo of Gego Columna 71-9 1971 Mobile Sculpture

Photo of Gego Columna Reticularea 1969 Mobile Sculpture

Be sure to also take a look at the amazing work by Elias Crespin (her grandson).

Photo of Gego Reticular 1980 Mobile Artist

Jerome Kirk (b. 1923) is an American sculptor. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, he has made sculptures that measure over 45 feet in height and weigh over 6 tons, exploring a wide variety of kinetic sculptures including mobiles, both suspended and standing:

Photo of Jerome Kirk Mobile 1967 Sculpture

Photo of Jerome Kirk Untitled 1967 Standing Mobile Sculpture

Photo of Jerome Kirk Lotus Variant 1968 Standing Mobile Sculpture

Tim Prentice (b. 1930) is an American architect and kinetic sculptor. Beginning in the 1970s, his work grows out of the tradition of Alexander Calder and George Rickey, both of whom he met, but it became something very original and fascinating of its own, or as he recently put it “I claimed some new territory because there was more turf to be explored”:

Photo of Tim Prentice 9x9 2010 Mobile Sculpture

Tim Prentice Flying Wedge 2014 Mobile Sculpture

Tim Prentice Lexan Curtain 2012 Mobile Sculpture

Calder’s work, along with mobiles in general, has recently received renewed attention and interest, partly due the Calder Foundation‘s excellent management of Calder’s body of work and arrangements of brilliant shows worldwide. His mobiles keep setting new records at auctions, selling in the tens of millions of dollars. In 2014, the Art Newspaper wrote about that year’s world-renowned art fair Art Basel in Miami Beach: “Among the works by the hundreds of artists brought by 267 galleries from 31 countries, mobiles definitely constitute a trend.”

I’ll be adding to the above list from time to time as I move on to more contemporary mobile artists (or maybe I’ll start an additional page).

If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear from you.

Also, does anyone know who made this mobile? If you do, please let me know.

Photo of Mobile Sculpture Original

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A Different Kind of Mobile Sculpture Made of Soldered Wire https://www.marcomahler.com/mobile-sculpture-solder-wire/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:35:01 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4845 Experimenting with a different kind of mobile sculpture made of soldered wire:

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And some other new mobile sculptures I’m working on:

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Large Calder-Style Custom Mobile for L’Usine Vietnam https://www.marcomahler.com/calder-mobile-sculpture/ Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:00:45 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=5077 Custom-designed / custom-made Calder-inspired mobile for L’Usine Le Thanh Ton (via Tom Johnson and BHA Studio).

The idea / design:

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Measurements:

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The finished mobile:

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Photo of Large Custom Calder Mobile Sculpture

The installed mobile on site (L’Usine’s Facebook post):

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Custom Mobile for Robert A. M. Stern Architects at Kips Bay Designer Show House https://www.marcomahler.com/modern-mobile-sculpture/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:13:43 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4810 I am honored and excited to have been asked to make a custom mobile (shown below) for Robert A. M. Stern Architects’ room at this year’s Kips Bay Designer Show House, which will be open to the public from May 2nd to June 1st 2017 and is located at 125 East 65th Street in NYC. If you get a chance to go see it, Robert A. M. Stern Architects were given one of the main rooms on the first floor of the show house where the mobile will be on display (and for sale).

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sheet metal, wire and paint
39 in height x 30 in width / 99 cm height x 76 cm width

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From Curbed: “Robert A.M. Stern Architects are well known for their classic approach to architecture, but the firm also has a lesser-known interior design arm. Two framed Andy Warhol wall coverings in yellow and hot pink, not pictured, served as a jumping-off point for this living area, where contemporary art and cheerful colors play off of the room’s original wood paneling.”

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The opposite wall with yellow Venetian plaster featuring large framed fragments of Andy Warhol’s 1966 Day-Glo chartreuse and hot pink cow-head wallpaper from Mr. Stern’s personal collection:

Photo of Andy Warhol's 1966 Day-Glo chartreuse and hot pink cow-head wallpaper

Lauren Kruegel, Robert A.M. and Stern, and Ross Alexander:
(from Inside the Grand Opening of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House)

Photo of Lauren Kruegel, Robert A.M. and Stern, and Ross Alexander

From The New York Times: “Lauren Kruegel and Ross Alexander, design directors at Robert A.M. Stern Architects Interiors, were inspired by the Villa Necchi, the 1930s-era Milanese house that is a star of the lush 2009 film “I Am Love,” along with Tilda Swinton, who plays a wealthy, frozen wife on the brink of being unthawed by an affair. Their custom-made bright green velvet sofa is as luxurious as Ms. Swinton’s wardrobe. The tomato-red plates hung below the mantel are by Gio Ponti.”

Photo of Custom Made Bright Green Velvet Sofa

From The Well Appointed House: “The Robert Stern team has glamorized Charles Platt’s staid brown wood-paneled dining room with bold colors; one wall of yellow Venetian plaster features large framed fragments of Andy Warhol’s 1966 Day-Glo chartreuse and hot pink cow-head wallpaper from Mr. Stern’s personal collection.

Villa Necchi, a 1935 house in Milan designed by Piero Portaluppi, which they admired for its stripped-down classicism in Luca Guadagnino’s 2009 film I Am Love, inspired us to combine a selection of Italian furniture dating from the 1930s through the 1950s with Modern French pieces from the same period. A “Janus” chandelier, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects for Remains Lighting, provides soft light above an all-glass desk by noted Italian designer and architect Gio Ponti in the window bay; to either side, a pair of 1930s French torche?res attributed to Louis Su?e in front of antique mirror panels restores the room’s original symmetry. The team organized two seating groups—a pair of white Kerstin Ho?rlin- Holmquist lounge chairs and a blue upholstered wing chair by Melchiorre Bega—on a beige and brown custom net- patterned circular rug by Crosby Street Studio. The chartreuse of the wallpaper is picked up in Dedar silk taffeta on an 11-foot sofa; a small settee is upholstered in a contrasting deep gardenia-leaf green velvet, both specially designed for this installation. Andirons by Gilbert Poillerat accent the firebox and tomato-red plates by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori line the mantel. A custom mobile by Marco Mahler hangs over a grand piano; behind, William Pettit’s abstract “Nor Night Me” (1969), also from Mr. Stern’s collection, completes the scene.”

Photo of Robert A.M. Stern Architects photo credit Alan Barry Photography

From Haute Living: “Stern and his team organized two seating groups—a pair of white Kerstin Hörlin- Holmquist lounge chairs and a blue upholstered wing chair by Melchiorre Bega—on a beige and brown custom net- patterned circular rug by Crosby Street Studio. The chartreuse of the wallpaper is picked up in Dedar silk taffeta on an 11-foot sofa; a small settee is upholstered in a contrasting deep gardenia-leaf green velvet, both specially designed for this installation. Andirons by Gilbert Poillerat accent the firebox and tomato-red plates by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori line the mantel. A custom mobile by Marco Mahler hangs over a grand piano; behind, William Pettit’s abstract “Nor Night Me” (1969), also from Mr. Stern’s collection, completes the scene.”

From Eye-Catching Color and Pattern in the 2017 Kips Bay Show House:

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Custom Made Mobile for the Movie “The Upside” https://www.marcomahler.com/custom-moving-mobile-sculpture-movie/ Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:25:34 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4806 Custom designed / custom made mobile for the movie The Upside, in which it will be featured as part of the storyline. The movie, directed by Neil Burger and starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman, is scheduled to be released in March 2018.

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The design was inspired by this mobile (is it a bird?) that I previously made (also one of my favorites):

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Variations from the Design Process:

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Three “wings” as shown in this 3D fly around animation:

Additional Variations from the Design Process:

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Photos of Mobiles at the Mobile Show in Durham NC – Cyber Monday Sale https://www.marcomahler.com/art-mobiles-for-sale/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:02:50 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4771 Photos by Carin Walsh of our 3D Printed Mobiles at The Mobile Show in Durham NC earlier this month:

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Photo of Art Mobiles for Sale

Photo of Art Mobiles for Sale

Photo of Art Mobiles for Sale

The 3D printing company we use (Shapeways) has a cyber monday sale today (Nov 28 2016): Free shipping + 25% off your order with code SMALLBIZMONDAY via our shop.

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Proposals for a Large Suspended Custom Sculpture (Mobile) for an Atrium at a Children’s Hospital https://www.marcomahler.com/large-custom-mobile-hanging-atrium-art-sculpture/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:31:19 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4757 Proposals for a large suspended custom sculpture (mobile) for an atrium at a children’s hospital. The color combinations are based on the interior colors as well as the colors within the logo of the children’s hospital. The overall design concept for the building is derived from nature to include water, forest and sky, blending the exterior and interior experience together, which is also reflected in several of these design proposals.

Dimensions: approx 30ft x 20ft x 10ft (9m x 6m x 3m)
Materials: metal (aluminum) and paint (powder coating)
Weight: approx 150lbs (70kg)

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Calder style / Calder inspired Mobile:

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Butterfly Mobile:

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River – Bridge – Trees – Hospital – Sun – Mobile:

Image of River Water Tree Leaves Sun Hanging Sculpture

Bird Mobile:

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An animation of the various designs to illustrate their 3-dimensionality:

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Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing – New Book by Mathematical Artist Henry Segerman https://www.marcomahler.com/3d-printing-math-sculpture-artist-book/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:26:10 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4755 In 2013, I collaborated with Henry Segerman to create a first of its kind collection of 3D Printed Mobiles. Outside of being Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University, Henry has since established himself as one of the leading figures in the new world of math and 3D printing. This month he has a new book out titled Visualizing Mathematics with 3D Printing in which he takes readers on a fascinating tour of two-, three-, and four-dimensional mathematics, exploring Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries, symmetry, knots, tilings, and soap films.

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The book includes more than 100 color photographs of 3D printed models, and has a sister website that features virtual three-dimensional versions of the models for readers to explore.

Read the review on Wired “Can’t Imagine Shapes in 4 Dimensions? Just Print Them Out” and also take a look at Henry’s amazing 3D Printed Mathematical Art.

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Balance – Suspension Points and the Centers of Mass in Abstract Mobile Sculptures https://www.marcomahler.com/abstract-mobile-sculptures-balance/ Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:00:10 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4699 A custom designed mobile for a private residence in Montana in progress:

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For an element (shape) to be able to balance, the suspension point needs to be above the center of mass. In addition to this requirement, when the center of mass is lower (farther away from the suspension point), the balance will be more stable. Vice versa, when the center of mass is higher (closer to the suspension point), the balance will be more fragile (the element is more likely to overturn):

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Obviously within a mobile, an element might have the weight of several http://www.eta-i.org/sildenafil.html elements that are in the lower part of the mobile attached to it, which lowers the center of of mass. A good example of this can be seen in a large site-specific mobile I was working on for a three story light shaft in Chicago last year:

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In some cases, it might be necessary to raise the suspension point with the help of an extension:

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Hanging and Standing Mobiles Exhibit – Call to Artists https://www.marcomahler.com/hanging-mobiles-exhibit-artists/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:22:45 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4682 Call to artists for The Mobile: Composition in Motion, an exhibit of hanging and standing mobiles at The Carrack in Durham, NC.

Artists working in any medium, regardless of mobile-making experience (learn to make mobiles), are invited to try their hand at creating innovative pieces that are set into motion through air current. Unique interpretations of mobiles as sculpture in motion are encouraged. Challenge what’s possible in terms of form, materials, construction, movement and scale.

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The exhibit will also provide information that helps visitors understand the principles that commonly govern mobile construction and ways in which the exhibiting artists may have adhered to or defied those principles.

There is no submission fee for this juried exhibit and you can enter as many pieces as you like. The Carrack is a zero-commission art space and therefore 100% of any sale proceeds go directly to the artist.

The submission deadline is August 7th 2016. The exhibit opens November 9th 2016. Please see www.themobileshowdurhamnc.com for more details, and follow up-to-date information on Facebook and Instagram.

Update (Oct 31 2016):
Artists go ‘mobile’ at The Carrack

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New Calder Exhibit “Motion Lab” at SFMoMA – Installation of Large Mobile in Atrium https://www.marcomahler.com/large-calder-art-installation-atrium-sculpture/ Thu, 19 May 2016 19:08:34 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4661 A new Alexander Calder exhibit titled Motion Lab at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened this past Saturday and will run until Sept 10 2017. It traces Calder’s explorations of motion from the late 1920s to the late 1960s.

Photos of Rigger Lawrence LaBianca lowering from the SFMOMA sky bridge to finish installing Calder’s 27-foot Untitled (1963) mobile in the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium:

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There’s also a video of the installation by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Technical Behind-the-Scenes Aspects of Designing, Making and Installing a Large Custom Mobile https://www.marcomahler.com/hanging-sculpture-commission-technicalities/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:03:53 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4659 Some of the technical (“behind the scenes”) aspects of designing, making and installing a large custom mobile.

Design:
Proposing a variety of designs to the client (see the full render designs).

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Site inspection.

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Planning:
Creating the 3d model of the space and the sculpture. Making adjustments to ensure that as the kinetic sculpture rotates and moves with the air currents, it will always remain out of reach from the various floors.

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Establishing the engineering data.

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Fabrication:
Preparing the file containing the shapes (Calder style/inspired with this specific design chosen by the client) for laser cutting.

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Custom made knurled pins pressure fitted with a 10-ton press.

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Verification:
Confirming that all the balance points have been calculated correctly, in other words, reality needs to confirm theory (with the help of a crane).

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Transport:
Keeping it safe from vertical shocks caused by bumps and potholes as it’s transported (in this case) 500 miles / 800 km across the Appalachian Mountains.

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Installation:
Planning the layout of the mobile parts on the installation lift, so the overall 33 foot sculpture can be raised through the 22 by 15 foot opening in the atrium from the ground floor to the upper floors.

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See the finished and installed mobile.

See more of my large custom mobile projects.

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9 Original Calder Works Coming to Auction for the First Time https://www.marcomahler.com/original-hanging-mobiles-sculptures-calder-sale/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:27:08 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4636 A group of nine works by Alexander Calder will be sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York on May 10th 2016. All of them were made by Calder in 1955 while visiting Ambalal Sarabhai’s family estate in India. Calder spent three weeks at the secluded 20-acre estate, in a makeshift studio constructed in the garden with “a water-buffalo lady and a calf” for company, as he wrote in his book (Calder: An autobiography with pictures, 1966). This is the first time this group of Calder sculptures is coming to auction. Among the works to be auctioned:

Sumac #17
Hanging Mobile
Sheet metal, wire and paint
Inspired by the flowering plant of the same name
Estimated at US$4 million to US$6 million
[Update: Price Realized $5,765,000]

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Related: Watch a 360-degree view of Calder’s large red mobile Sumac created in 1961.

How the visit to India came about, in Calder’s own words: “In 1954, I received a letter from a young Indian woman, Gira Sarabhai, youngest of eight children of a large wealthy family in Ahmedabad, which is somewhere halfway between Bombay and Delhi. She offered Louisa and me a trip to India, if I’d consent to make some objects for her when there. I immediately replied yes.”

Calder in India in 1955 (Louisa Calder, his wife, is seated atop the elephant):

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Estimates range as high as US$10 million, with a total pre-sale estimate of around US$26 million to US$38 million.

Read The forgotten journey of Alexander Calder and view the e-Catalogue. Also see An Expert Look at Never-Before-Auctioned Alexander Calder Works and Mobile Revolution.

– Read more of my blog about mobiles or see some of my mobiles

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The 5 Largest Mobiles Worldwide That I’m Aware Of https://www.marcomahler.com/largest-mobiles-sculptures-alexander-calder/ Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:00:41 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4645 .125 by Alexander Calder
In collaboration with SOM
At the International Arrival Building at JFK Airport

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The 5 largest mobiles worldwide that I’m aware of – all by Alexander Calder:

  1. White Cascade (1976) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia – 100 feet / 30 meters
  2. Untitled (1977) at the National Gallery of Art – 76 feet / 23 meters
  3. Eléments Démontables (1975) at Bank IV in Wichita, Kansas – 47 feet / 14.5 meters
  4. .125 (1957) at JFK Airport New York City – 45 feet /13.5 meters
  5. Mountains and Clouds (1986) at the Hart Senate Office Building – 42.5 feet / 13 meters

The largest mobile that I’ve made to date measures 33ft (10m).

There’s an incomplete List of Alexander Calder’s Public Works. You can help expand it if you know of additional ones.

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Custom Mobile Art Project for the Rotunda at Titus Elementary School https://www.marcomahler.com/large-custom-art-mobiles-sculpture-commission/ Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:00:14 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4680 Custom mobile project for the rotunda at Titus Elementary School in Warrington, PA.

The design is based on the school’s PAWS award (pictured below). PRIDE is an acronym for P-Pride, R-Respect, I-Individual, R-Responsibility, D-Determination, and E-Empathy. Students receive a PAWS award when they display one of these character traits.

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Initial design for the mobile:

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Renders of the mobile in the 3d model of the rotunda:

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Calculating the balance points:

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Laser cutting and engraving the parts with the help of an Epilog Fusion M2 at Big Secret:

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The finished mobile installed in the rotunda:

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The wall plaque in the rotunda:

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A “fly-around” animation of the 3d model:

Also see Video: Mobile installed at Titus Elementary by the Bucks County Courier Times.

– See more of my mobile commissions or read more of my blog about mobiles

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Largest Alexander Calder Exhibition Opens at Tate (London) https://www.marcomahler.com/large-calder-mobiles-exhibition/ Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:40:06 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4632 The largest Alexander Calder exhibition titled Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture opens at Tate Modern (London) tomorrow with over 100 works, and runs from Nov 11 2015 until Apr 3 2016. The Guardian writes: “The exhibition is both a reminder of how good he could be, and a revelation of how complex and far-reaching his influence still is.”

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The exhibition includes Black Widow (1948) on loan outside of Brazil for the first time:

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The large mobile has hung at the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil in Sao Paulo for more than 50 years:

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Video of the exhibition by Vernissage TV:

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture Reviews:

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Mobiles – 3D Models – Render Animations (Videos) https://www.marcomahler.com/mobiles-hanging-sculpture-video/ Wed, 04 Nov 2015 18:40:55 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4612 A number of render animations I’ve put together of custom mobile designs:

To see the separate full length videos, please go to my YouTube channel.

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3D Printed Mobile in Philadelphia Exhibit Titled MathThematic: A Fine Art Exhibition https://www.marcomahler.com/3d-print-art-math/ Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:42:58 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4594 Our 3D printed mobile Quaternary Tree Mobile (Level 5) is part of the current exhibition at Esther Klein Gallery in Philadelphia titled MathThematic: a fine art exhibition:

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The show features artists of all media in an exhibition demonstrating mathematic evidence in art, whether the works are directly inspired by math (geometry, fractals, patterns, etc.) or if the mathematical principles emerge naturally and reveal themselves from our human predisposition towards order.

The exhibition is taking place at the Esther Klein Gallery at Philadelphia’s University City Science Center, 3600 Market Street, October 7–November 20, and is part of the annual city-wide DesignPhiladelphia festival (October 8–16). An opening reception is scheduled for today, October 14, 5–7:30pm. Gallery hours are Mondays–Saturdays, 9am–5pm.

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Among 2-dimensional paintings and drawings that display intricate fractals and kaleidoscopic geometries, a variety of 3-dimensional, video and interactive works will be on display. Showcasing mathematics as much as the medium, some of the works on view include a long algae-like crocheted piece of hyperbolic curves, interactive design where the viewer can customize fractal performance with the touch of a finger, and unique geometric paper sculptures using the system of scientific kirigami.

Participating artists include: Justin Bean, Regina Ceribelli, William Cromar, Jessica Curtaz, Chris Eben, Robert Fathauer, Karen Freedman, S. Leser, Marco Mahler and Henry Segerman, Gabriele Meyer, Maximilian Morresi, Brittany Phillips, Bruce Pollock, Mike Tanis, Andrew Cameron Zahn.

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This is the second exhibition curated by Gaby Heit at the Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery investigating natural design. The first one was Cellular/Molecular for the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival.

Press:

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Photos of Large Atrium Sculpture (Kinetic Art Mobile) Installed https://www.marcomahler.com/large-atrium-sculpture-kinetic-fine-art-mobile/ Thu, 24 Sep 2015 18:03:23 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4579 Photos of a large atrium sculpture (kinetic mobile) I custom designed, made and installed (via The Art Company) at the newly built Joint and Spine Center at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, last month (August 2015):

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Initially, 22 different sculptors were considered for the project – see the design proposals that I submitted.

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The sculpture measures 33ft (10m) in height and 26ft (8m) in diameter.

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The largest shape is 5 2/3 ft long (1 3/4 m), the longest arm measures 17 3/4 ft (5 1/2 m) in length.

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Made of aluminum, the mobiles weighs only about 100 pounds (45kg).

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Two photos from the Grand Opening Celebration on August 28th 2015:

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Render animation of the 3D model of the mobile:

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The hospital is located on a hilltop in historic Mt. Auburn above downtown Cincinnati. The view from the hospital’s rooftop garden:

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) designed the new Joint and Spine Center, the same architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firm that also collaborated with Alexander Calder on numerous projects from the 1950s through the 1970s. A view from outside of the suspended sculpture in the atrium:

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The 125 year old Christ Hospital is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top hospitals. Here’s an outside view of the newly built Joint and Spine Center with the atrium in which the sculpture is installed at the main entrance:

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These are photos that I took myself. Professional photos should follow within a month. Here’s one by Tom Rossiter for Health Care Design Magazine:

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Thanks to Mike Rainer of Mike’s Machine & Welding for assisting with the fabrication of the mobile.

– See more of my large mobile art

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5th Prize for 3D Printed Mobile at Swiss 3D Printing Competition https://www.marcomahler.com/3d-printed-sculpture-mobile-art/ Mon, 21 Sep 2015 18:20:47 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4556 As part of the 20th Triennial Grenchen 2015 Art Limited – Multiple Art, the
Kunstgesellschaft Grenchen in collaboration with PrintaBit organized a 3d printing competition, in which the 3d printed mobile I submitted won 5th prize:

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From the jury:
“This work highlights the formal possibilities of 3D printing, as the way the joints are combined within
one form is possible only in that new media technique; and despite the hard-edge material, the
movement and lightness of color, with the play of shadow on the wall, creates a sense of dynamic
lightness.”

The above is a render. You can see an actual print of the mobile (in red) in a collection of photos from the exhibit.

1st Prize went to Markéta Schiffnederová for her 3d printed sculpture Crumpled Rabbit:

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From the jury:
“As a 3-dimensional form, this work is visually interesting from all angles; its subject – an organic
creature – visually has the throw-away quality of crumpled paper, yet the synthetic colour and actual
texture are contradictions to the known sight and touch of both rabbit and paper; and because it
successfully embraces the nature of the medium of 3D printing.”

2nd Prize went to Marc Reist, 3rd to Jean-François Réveillard, and 4th to Oliver Ende.

See more 3d printed art and sculptures, see more of our 3d printed mobiles, or read more of my blog about mobiles.

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Photos of a Large Mobile (33ft/10m) Suspended by a Crane for Adjustments https://www.marcomahler.com/large-suspended-mobile-sculpture/ Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:23:39 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4544 Photos of a large mobile (33ft/10m) suspended by a crane for adjustments, which turned out to be very minimal because the balance points and various alignments were calculated beforehand with engineering software. Most of the connections were precise and did not need any adjustments:

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A photo of one of the sheet metal (aluminum) shapes before assembly for size comparison – this one is the top (highest) shape in the mobile:

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– See the finished mobile installed or see more of my large mobiles

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Proposals / Custom Designs for Large Mobiles for a Three-Story Atrium https://www.marcomahler.com/large-hanging-kinetic-mobile-art-sculptures/ Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:36:19 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4528 Proposals / custom designs for large mobiles for a three-story atrium:

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Busy, Busy, Busy – Some of the Custom Mobiles I’m Currently Working On https://www.marcomahler.com/custom-mobiles-art-installations/ Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:16:17 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4514 I’m sorry about the lack of blog posts lately, I’ve been very busy. Just for now, here are some of the custom mobiles I’m currently working on:

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A custom mobile for a foyer at a private residence in Miami, Florida. A draft of the mobile photoshopped into the two level space:

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A three story custom mobile for a light well at a private residence in Chicago:

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An additional design for the same space:

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A custom mobile for the Titus Elementary School in Warrington, PA:

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A custom mobile for a staircase at a private residence in Hong Kong:

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A proposal for a private residence in Miami Beach:

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Some (not yet made) ideas / mobile designs:

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A render of a Calder-style mobile:

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And sometimes all kinds of things break loose:

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I’m also working on an additional new large scale project that I’m very excited about and will be posting about soon.

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Q&A about Mobiles https://www.marcomahler.com/mobiles-interview/ Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:37:22 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4487 A few days ago I received an email from a middle school student who is working on a project for his math class about mobile art. His assignment was to research Alexander Calder or choose a different mobile artist to report on. He came across my website and sent me an email asking if he could send me some questions, which I was more than happy to answer. I just thought I’d post the questions and answers on my blog here as well (which also gives me the opportunity to post some images I’ve come up with but haven’t found a place for anywhere else on my website):

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Q: Well my first question for you is why do you think my math teacher wanted us to create a mobile and research a mobile artist?

A: My best guess would be because mobiles are fun to make, beautiful to look at, and are a great way to illustrate how math can be applied to real things. They also allow for easy experimenting.

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Q: Alexander Calder received a degree in mechanical engineering and told people that he was good at math. Do you have a math/science/computer background that helps when you develop your mobile art?

A: I got into applying math to computer animations when I was in middle school. My friend and I used the programming language Pascal. That was in the late 1980s so it was the early days of computer animation. I’m thinking if I stayed with it, I might be working at a film animation company now. In school, I also liked math and physics very much. With what I do now, those experiences probably gave me the ability to quickly determine if the balance structure of a mobile will work or not. Some of the 3d printed mobiles I designed a couple of years ago (in a collaboration with mathematician Henry Segerman) were created by writing scripts in the programming language Python. It was very easy for me to adapt to it because of my earlier experiences with Pascal. I’m also using engineering software more and more often, mostly a program called Rhinoceros, which I think will lead to being able to design rather complex mobiles eventually. And from time to time I’m working on animating 3d models of mobiles based on gravity, air currents and friction. When it comes to developing new designs, what I think matters the most is the ability to think about it in new ways and not just follow the same old patterns.

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Q: You did lots of interesting things before you became a mobile artist. Do you think those other jobs helped make you a better artist?

A: I think they helped me to see myself as more than an artist. I see myself just as much as someone who runs a custom fabrication business, which involves all the standard parts of running a business (marketing, drawing up proposals, communicating with clients, inventory, shipping, etc). It’s not just about coming up with mobile designs that are fascinating to me. It’s also very important that the client will be very happy with the end result.

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Q: Tell me about a favorite piece of work you created and why it’s one of your favorites.

A: I very much like working on large mobiles. Because of their size, they just have such an amazing visual impact. In general, there are several of my mobiles that I like very much because I think they’re rather original in design:

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I also very much liked working on the aforementioned collection of 3d printed mobiles. There was the excitement of experimenting in uncharted territory. To my knowledge, no one else has made fully 3d printed mobiles yet. It also allows for mobile designs that would be difficult to make by hand. When my work schedule allows it, I want to explore it further and see what other new designs are made possible by combining mobiles with 3d printing.

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Q: Where do you get your ideas for individual pieces of art?

A: Sometimes I look at the space where the mobile will be installed. I look at the shapes and dynamics of the architecture, or the interior decorating style. Ideas usually emerge from that. Some clients who order custom made mobiles have specific ideas for the design, so I just fill in the parts where the client might be feel unsure about a certain design or technical aspect.

Thanks for the great questions, Aidan!

More interviews:
Behind The Virtual Storefront
Meet The Makers
The Edge
FAMO (in Italian)

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In Action – Photos of Me Installing Large Custom Mobiles https://www.marcomahler.com/marco-mahler-installing-large-mobiles/ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:46:33 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4458 Two photos of me installing three large custom mobiles at the Fair Oaks Marriott in Fairfax, Virginia:

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Thank you to Paula Benesch of P3 Design Collective for taking these photos!

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3rd Prize Winner – 2015 International Kinetic Art Competition https://www.marcomahler.com/kinetic-art-sculptures-mobiles-organization/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:07:31 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4433 I just found out that I won 3rd Prize in the 2015 International Kinetic Art Competition! I can’t quite believe it yet. Very exciting! The competition is organized by the Kinetic Art Organization as part of the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium in Boynton Beach, Florida.

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The Kinetic Art Organization was founded in 2001 and its database and archive is now the largest http://www.eta-i.org/ambien.html compendium of Kinetic Art and sculptures information, photos and videos in the world. With over 1,000 members in over 60 Countries, they are also the largest kinetic art and sculpture organization in the world.

Here’s my winning entry, three large custom mobiles that I designed, made and installed at the Fair Oaks Marriott in Fairfax, Virginia last fall:

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Working on What Might Become a Very Large Suspended Kinetic Art Installation https://www.marcomahler.com/large-suspended-moving-custom-art-installation/ Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:00:56 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4412 Working on what might become a very large (207ft / 63m long) suspended kinetic art installation at the departure concourse at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica:

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Renders of the suspension (designed with Rhino):

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Building the maquette (small scale model):

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The design is by Tina Spiro with me and Ervin Nichol and inspired by the Petchary, a bird that migrates between the southeastern United States and Central America (including Jamaica):

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See more of my custom hanging kinetic art sculptures or read more of my blog about mobiles and suspended kinetic art installation.

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New Article I Wrote Is Featured on Houzz Today: “Art in Motion: The Story behind Mobiles” https://www.marcomahler.com/fine-art-mobiles-original-ceiling-sculptures-calder/ Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:52:22 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4395 Houzz is featuring a new article I wrote today: Art in Motion: The Story Behind Mobiles. It covers topics such as what mobiles are, the history of mobiles (including Alexander Calder of course), fine art mobiles, mobiles today, and how I became a professional mobile maker.

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Versions of this article also appear on my website and on Saatchi Art (via Artsy on FB and Twitter and via Saatchi Art on FB and Twitter).

– Read of my blog about mobiles

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Google’s Alexander Calder Doodle Mobile Wouldn’t Work in Reality https://www.marcomahler.com/alexander-calder-mobiles-google-doodle/ Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4380 On July 22 2011, Google replaced their logo on their homepage worldwide with a doodle to celebrate Alexander Calder‘s 113th birthday:

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The doodle was a Calder-style mobile that used HTML5 canvas which made it possible for people to interact with it and make it move. It ran a physics simulation on the mobile’s geometry and then did real-time 3D rendering with vector graphics. You can still view the doodle and try it out (and you should, it’s a lot of fun!) via the Google Doodles Archive.

As someone who has written code for 3d animations and scripts for 3d printed mobiles, I have a lot of admiration for the technical end of this doodle. But as a professional mobile maker, it can’t help to notice that apparently there wasn’t enough research done on how the balance structure of a mobile works. The mobile shown in the Google doodle would never work in reality. It has two completely unsupported sections:

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And reconstructing the mobile in my CAD software and calculating the balance points, it turns out that a number of them are incorrect. Here’s where they should be instead:

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If someone were to make this mobile, the lowest four parts of it could be fixed by adjusting the balance points to their correct positions. However, that wouldn’t be enough for everything from there on up. The unsupported arms would need to be redesigned first. So in that way, the above indicated balance point corrections in the upper part of the mobile don’t really mean anything. Structural changes would have to be made first.

– Read of my blog about mobiles

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3D Printed Mobile 1 now available in 9 different colors https://www.marcomahler.com/3d-printing-art-artist-sculptures/ Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:48:32 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4367 Our little 3D Printed Mobile 1 is now available in 9 different colors (yellow, green and orange are newly added). Today is the last day to order them if you’d like to receive them by Dec. 24th. $9 to $11 each depending on color:

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– See our other 3D Printed Mobiles

– Read of my blog about mobiles

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New Article on Houzz: “A Top Mobile Designer Shows How to Create a Calder-Inspired Mobile” https://www.marcomahler.com/make-calder-artist-inspired-mobiles/ Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:30:04 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4358 I wrote a new article for Houzz: “From the Artist: How to Make a Real Mobile – It’s all in the balancing points: A top mobile designer shows how to create a Calder-inspired installation of your own“. It explains how to make a “real” mobile, meaning one in which the balance of the different parts depend on each other, which results in much more interesting dynamics than if you just tie a number of objects to a coat hanger or a horizontal circle.

None of the how-to articles that I’ve come across explain how the balance structure of a real mobile works in simple terms. This article provides you with a sort of blueprint for mobiles. Once you have that, you can apply it using any materials, whether those are just some random objects you find around your house, objects specific to a season or a holiday, or some mid-century modern shapes.

Read it, experiment and have fun!

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More of my blog about mobiles

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Calder at Art Basel Miami Beach – Mobiles Constitute a Trend https://www.marcomahler.com/large-orginial-calder-mobile-for-sale/ Fri, 05 Dec 2014 02:13:02 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4328 Today at Art Basel Miami Beach, Leonardo DiCaprio also came to buy. As the dealer David Nahmad stood in front of an Alexander Calder mobile at Helly Nahmad Gallery, the heavily bearded actor approached him and asked, “I need your advice on a Picasso drawing,” and the two walked to a rival’s booth. The Calder mobile they stood in front of, pictured below, is Rouge Triomphant, ca. 1959–63, measuring 110 × 230 × 180 in / 279 x 584 x 457cm (“bigger than a taco truck” according to the Wall Street Journal), which sold for US$9.7m just two years ago at Christie’s and is now priced at US$35m (As of Friday, a collector has reportedly reserved it).

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Article “Upwardly Mobile” in The Art Newspaper: “Mobiles definitely constitute a trend at Art Basel Miami Beach, with organizers seeing an increase in the number of galleries installing hanging works … The number of mobiles is striking.”

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Xin Li (see this and this), deputy chairman of Christie’s Asia, with Rouge Triomphant at Art Basel Miami Beach, played a very significant part in selling Calder’s mobile Poisson volant (Flying Fish) (1957) for a record-breaking US$25m in May of this year.

Also at Art Basel Miami Beach:

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See Calder Foundation President Sandy Rower’s Top 5 Picks at Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

– See the mobiles for sale at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017
– Read more of my blog about mobiles

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Two Original Calder Mobiles Sold Tonight at Sotheby’s in Paris https://www.marcomahler.com/original-calder-mobiles-sale-hanging-standing/ Thu, 04 Dec 2014 02:04:19 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4315 Two original Alexander Calder mobiles, one hanging and one standing, sold tonight at Sotheby’s Art Contemporain in Paris:

Sans Titre (Untitled Hanging Mobile)
painted metal and wire
ca. 1947
86 x 71 cm / 34 x 28 in
Estimate: 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 USD
Sold for:  2,042,246 USD

Calder probably made this mobile in his Roxbury studio and gave it to a New York pediatrician as a thank you, after a somewhat comical request, to treat his mother in her old age.

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Sans Titre (Untitled Standing Mobile)
sheet metal, brass wire and paint
ca. 1955
13 x 12 x 7.5 cm / 5 1/8 x 4 ¾ x 3 in
Estimate: 127,000 – 190,000 USD
Sold for: 260,753 USD

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Cyber Monday Sale on 3D Printed Mobiles https://www.marcomahler.com/3d-printing-art-sculptures-sale/ Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:59:04 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4252 The 3D printing service company Shapeways that we use to make our 3D Printed Mobiles is having a Cyber Monday Sale today: 20% off when you enter promo code “CYBER20” (expires tonight December 1st 2014 at midnight PST). If you’ve been considering getting any of our 3D Printed Mobiles, now would be a good time:  www.shapeways.com/shops/mobiles. You will also receive them before Christmas.

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Photos of a Large Custom Mobile for a Playroom https://www.marcomahler.com/large-hanging-mobiles-children-playroom/ Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:44:19 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4226 Photos of a large custom mobile I finished last week for a client’s children’s playroom (via Reddymade Design, NYC). It measures 6 ft / 1.8 m and is made with a hollow aluminum sphere (ball). The design is inspired by Alexander Calder‘s mobiles.

Photo of Large Playroom Mobiles Ceiling Sculpture

Photo of Large Hanging Mobiles for Kids

Photo of Large Calder Mobiles for Childrens Room

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Photos of Custom Mobile Made with Copper https://www.marcomahler.com/custom-mobiles-copper-aluminum/ Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:01:02 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4210 Photos of a custom mobile. I finished last week. It’s based on the design of Mobile 91:

Photo of Large Hanging Mobiles

Here’s the custom design of it that the client requested, made with brushed copper, brushed aluminum and painted aluminum:

Photo of Custom Mobiles made with Copper

Custom designed for a rectangular space, the upper (wider) part of the mobile is held in place by two strings to keep it from rotating full circle while the lower (more narrow) one third of it is made with swivels so the parts can move freely:

Photo of Custom Mobiles Ceiling Sculptures

Photo of Custom Mobiles original

Update: I received a photo from the client of the mobile installed in the alcove with the snow covered scenery of the Vail, Colorado area in the background:

Photo of Custom Hanging Mobiles in Alcove

From the client: “It looks great! The measurements came out right. We’re real happy with it. Thank you!”

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Photo of a Hollow Metal Sphere (Aluminum Ball) for a Custom Mobile https://www.marcomahler.com/hollow-metal-sphere-aluminum-ball-custom-mobiles/ Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:21:56 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4195 A photo of 5″ diameter hollow metal sphere (ball) with ground flush weld seam for a custom-made mobile. Made of aluminum, it’s very solid but weighs only 0.85 lbs. It still needs to be finished and painted. The design for this custom mobile contains only one sphere. I think someday I’ll make a mobile with a lot of these.

Photo of Hollow Metal Sphere (Aluminum Ball) for a Custom Mobile

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Mobiles before Calder – Who Invented Mobiles – A History of Mobiles (Part 1) https://www.marcomahler.com/mobiles-before-calder-who-invented-mobiles-history/ Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:45:16 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4089 As someone who makes mobiles professionally and has spent quite a lot of time studying mobiles, I get asked once in while, where did mobiles originate from? Who made the first mobile? Or, who invented mobiles? The short answer is that Alexander Calder is the originator of mobiles, which is mostly correct, but Calder wasn’t the first one nor the only one to experiment with the art form. The problem with providing a definite answer to the question of who made the first mobile starts with the definition of what a mobile is and what is simply just a hanging kinetic sculpture. You can read my definition of what a mobile is on my main page, but there isn’t really a set of rules that one can apply to clearly tell one from the other. However, following are the hanging kinetic sculptures that I’m aware of that were made before Calder started to make mobiles. Some of them clearly qualify as mobiles in my opinion, others are up for debate.

In chronological order:

I’ve heard of a Greek architect who built a floating statue in the 2nd century B.C. for the wife of Egyptian King Ptolemy II Philadelphus (B.C.284-246). The suspended sculpture was dependent on the overall setting of magnetic forces on the roof and the walls. I’ve been trying to find out more about this but without success.

Wind chimes have probably been around since prehistoric times. The first evidence of them, found at archeological sites in South East Asia, dates them to about 3000 B.C.. The oldest one I have been able to find an image of is from ancient Rome where people made them out of bronze. They called them Tintinnabulum and hung them outdoors so the wind would make the bells ring. They were also believed to ward off evil spirits.

Japanese glass wind bells known as Fūrin have been produced since the Edo period (1603-1868). And in ancient China, wind chimes were a fundamental part of Feng Shui and were thought to bring good luck. It has been pointed out that Calder saw Chinese wind bells in his youth in San Francisco.

Himmelis are traditional sculptures that originated in Finland, although the root of the name is Germanic. They are a decorative objects, usually made of straw, that hang from the ceiling. A Himmeli (meaning “sky” or “heaven”) is usually symmetrical and pyramid-shaped and rotates slightly with the air flow. Traditionally, they were made in the fall and were placed above the dining table until summer to ensure a good crop for the coming year. I haven’t been able to find out how far back in history the tradition goes, but they have definitely been around long before 1930 when Calder started to make mobiles.

Photo of Himmeli Mobile

If you’d like to make a Himmeli yourself, the Guardian has a How To Make A Himmeli Sculpture.

The Museum Van Het Nederlandse Uurwerk in Zaandam, Netherlands has a mobile dated to 1751 made of four small whale hunter boats circling a whale:

Photo of early Mobile Made In 1751

Calder was also interested in 18th century toys that demonstrate the planetary system.

The Russian artist Aleksandr Rodchenko made one of the first suspended kinetic sculptures in the 20th-century in 1919 (or 1920 depending on source) with his Oval Hanging Construction No.12:

Photo of Aleksandr Rodchenko Oval Hanging Construction Mobiles

Photo of Aleksandr Rodchenko Hanging Construction Mobile
The Russian sculptor Naum Gabo began to experiment with kinetic sculptures in 1917, which makes him a pionner in the art form. He was interested in making sculptures that continually change their appearance, but are constant in what they represent (much like mobiles). The majority of his work was lost or destroyed, but here is a 1918 drawing that he titled Sketch for a Mobile Construction:

Image of Naum Gabo Sketch for a Mobile Construction

I’ve heard of a suspended sculpture by the Russian painter and architect Vladimir Tatlin called Contre-Reliefs Liberes Dans L’espace which he supposedly made in 1915. Constructed of mathematically interlocking planes, it apparently looked very much like a mobile. However, I’ve been unable to find neither an image nor any further information about it. The details surrounding Tatlin’s life and work are relatively obscure to begin with. But here is his Letatlin (1930):

Photo of Vladimir Tatlin Letatlin Mobiles 1930

By the way, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Naum Gabo and Vladimir Tatlin all knew each other and were pioneers of constructivism (in fact, named to describe Rodchenko’s work), which had a great effect on modern art movements of the 20th century, influencing major trends such as the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements.

Now this next one is very important for the history of mobiles. It’s Man Ray‘s Obstruction that he made in 1920. It employs the whippletree mechanism as a balance structure in the same way that Calder started to use it in some of his mobiles a decade later. The whippletree mechanism has been used for centuries or more to distribute force evenly through linkages when horses or mules pull a plow or a wagon:

Image of Whippletree Mechanism Mobile

Man Ray’s Obstruction is the first of this type of hanging kinetic sculpture that I’m aware of that makes use of this mechanism. Even with it’s rudimentary coat hanger design, it can definitely be classified as a mobile:

Photo of Man Ray Obstruction Mobiles

And just because it’s so important to the evolution of mobiles, here’s another photo of it (63 wooden hangers, recreated in 1961):

Photo of Man Ray Obstruction Mobiles

Man Ray’s instructions on how to assemble his mobile:

Image of Man Ray First Mobiles Assembly Instructions

Man Ray also experimented with hanging abstract pieces of sheet metal, here with his Lampshade in 1920:

Photo of Man Ray Shade

Bruno Munari, one of the first kinetic sculptors, started to follow the Futurist movement in 1927. He made what he called “Useless Machines” (macchine inutili) and was interested in creating pieces of art that could interact with their environment (much like mobiles).

Photo of Bruno Munari Useless Machines

Bruno Munari’s Macchina Aer0ea (aerial machine), 1930:

Photo of Bruno Munari Macchina Aerea Mobile 1930

Bruno Munari continued to make very beautiful and original mobiles throughout the 1930s and 1940s (same time as Calder was exploring the art form):

Photos of Bruno Munari Mobiles

Bruno Munari once said (from the book Bruno Munari: Air Made Visible): “What difference was there between my useless machines and Calder’s mobiles? I think I should clear up this matter: apart from the fact that the material construction was different, the means of constructing the objects was also different. The only thing they have in common is that they are suspended objects that move. But there are many suspended objects and there always have been, apart from the fact that even my friend Calder had a precursor in Man Ray, who in 1920 constructed an object on the same principle.”

See more of Bruno Munari’s work if you’re interested, it’s quite amazing.

According to the Museum of Modern Art, one of Alberto Giacometti‘s achievements was to enlarge the mobile concept decisively, so that formal innovation could be reconciled with the Surrealist interest in subconscious associations. Here is his kinetic sculpture, Suspended Ball, 1930:

Photo of Alberto Giacometti Suspended Ball Kinetic Sculpture Mobile

And now here comes Alexander Calder in 1931 experimenting with abstract motorized constructions like Mobile (Motorized Mobile):

Photo of Motorized Mobile by Alexander Calder

Calder visited the painter Piet Mondrian in October 1930 and later said: “When I looked at his paintings, I felt the urge to make living paintings, shapes in motion.” Influenced by the abstract work of Mondrian, Joan Miró and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, he’s approaching the idea of kinetic sculptures like an alchemist with pieces like Object with Red Discs (also known as Calderberry Bush even though Calder claimed he never assigned that title to it), made in 1932 and regarded as his first standing mobile:

Photo of Alexander Calder Object with Red Discs 1931

And considered by some to be his first hanging mobile (and also one of his rarer sound / “noise” mobiles), Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere (1932/33):

Photo of First Hanging Mobile by Alexander Calder

And in 1933, Cône d’ébène, one of his first hanging mobiles where all the elements are suspended:

Photo of Alexander Calder Cône d'ébène Mobile 1933

Calder made a simple yet very important advance in how the balance structure is applied to a hanging kinetic sculpture. He went from the straightforward whippletree structure, like the one in Man Ray’s Obstruction mobile that we looked at above, to this (Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1932):

Photo of Untitled early Mobile by Alexander Calder

Instead of attaching lower elements to both ends of the wires, he replaces one on each arm with an abstract shape. It’s a new way to apply the whippletree structure to a hanging kinetic sculpture, which allowed him to turn the whole idea into a new art form, a complete new magical universe with mobiles like Vertical Foliage (1941):

Photo of Alexander Calder Vertical Foliage mobile

The term “mobile”, a French pun meaning both “mobile” and “motive”, was coined by Marcel Duchamp while visiting Calder’s studio in 1931, although he apparently already used the term in 1913 for his readymade Bicycle Wheel, which some consider to be the first kinetic sculpture.

If you know about any other early mobiles, standing or hanging, or suspended kinetic sculptures that were made before the early 1930s, please let me know, I’d love to hear from you.

Versions of this article also appear on Houzz and Saatchi Art (via Artsy on FB and Twitter and via Saatchi Art on FB and Twitter).

Next: Mobile Sculpture Artists – A History of Mobiles (Part 2) – a list of sculptors and specifically mobile artists (besides Calder) who have made important contributions to the art form since the early 1930s.

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Limited Edition of Plates with six iconic Calder Mobiles https://www.marcomahler.com/calder-mobiles-plates-for-sale/ Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:39:35 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4077 French porcelain maker Bernardaud, in a collaboration with the Calder Foundation, has just launched a limited edition of 3000 sets of six porcelain dinner plates featuring mobiles by Alexander Calder for $550 per set. The plates feature six iconic mobiles created in the 1940s and 50s, such as 13 Spines, 1940, a noise-producing mobile with a cascade of projecting rods, and Painted Daisy in the Air, 1954, a masterpiece of spatial complexity.

Photo of Calder Mobiles Plates for sale

Photo of Calder Mobiles Plates for sale

Photo of Calder Mobiles Plates for sale

Update: the plates are currently available via the Tate Shop.

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Photos of Large Mobiles – Custom-Made – Installed at Atrium https://www.marcomahler.com/large-mobiles/ Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:34:27 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4049 Photos of three large mobiles I designed, custom-made and installed last week in the atrium at the Marriott at Fair Oaks, Fairfax, Virginia – via P3 Design Collective and Apple Hospitality REIT. Made of aluminum, each mobile weighs only 15 pounds / 7 kg, and each mobile measures 20 feet / 6 meters in diameter (the largest sheet metal shapes measure 5 feet / 1.5 m in length). Installation of all three mobiles took only 2 1/2 hours, including height adjustments. These are photos I took myself, professional photos should follow within a month or two.

These mobiles won 3rd Prize in the 2015 International Kinetic Art Competition. The hotel is now the second highest ranked Marriott Hotel in North America for “Design and Decor”.

Kinetic Art Sculptures Mobiles

Photo of Large Custom Mobiles

Photo of Large Fine Art Mobiles

Photo of Large Hanging Mobiles

Photo of Large Artist Mobiles

Photo of Large Custom Art Mobiles

Photo of Large Custom Hanging Mobiles

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Busy, Busy, Busy – Large Custom Mobiles, Proposals, Article … https://www.marcomahler.com/large-hanging-mobiles-2/ Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:25:55 +0000 https://www.marcomahler.com/?p=4047 Sorry for the lack of blog posts in the last two months, I’ve been too busy. Besides writing an article about mobiles for the interior decorating website Houzz, here are some of the projects that have been keeping me busy:

3 large (16ft/5.3m) custom mobiles for an atrium at a hotel. I will have photos of them once they’re installed on location [Update: photos of the mobiles installed at the atrium]. For now, here are the unpainted aluminum shapes ready to be assembled. The largest ones measure 5 ft / 1.5 m in length:

Photo of Large Hanging Mobiles Shapes made of aluminum

And a render courtesy of Studio 3877 Architecture:

Render of Large Mobiles in Atrium or Lobby

Working on a proposal for a giant mobile (150 ft / 50 m) for an airport for, what could be, the largest mobile in the world. One part of the study:

Design for Large Kinetic Art Installation

Design for Large Hanging Art Installations

Other proposals:

Image of Large Hanging Mobiles Transparent

– The one above I actually made in August –

Design for Large Hanging Mobiles

Image of Large Hanging Mobiles Customized

Image of Custom Hanging Mobiles

Image of Large Hanging Mobiles with Leaves and Branches

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Interview about my Mobiles with Italian Art Magazine FAMO https://www.marcomahler.com/mobiles-art-magazine-interview/ Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:34:58 +0000 https://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.

Image of Custom Mobiles Calder Style Interview

Image of Hanging Mobiles Calder Influenced Interview

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MAKE Article – How to Make a Mobile Based on Calder’s Mobiles https://www.marcomahler.com/how-to-make-mobiles-based-on-calder-mobiles/ Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:30:34 +0000 https://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.

Image of How to make a Calder style mobile article

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!).

Image of Magazine Cover with How To Make Mobiles Article

Here’s a photo of a mobile made by Carolyn Kingston based on the instructions as part of the Kinetic Mobile Making Group in the Boston, MA area:

Photo of Calder Style Mobile made by Carolyn Kingston

Additional resources for making mobiles:

If there’s anything else I can help with, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Image of Make Calder Artist Inspired Mobiles

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Photos of a Custom Hanging Mobile made with brass and two attachment points https://www.marcomahler.com/custom-hanging-mobile-made-with-brass/ Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:03:46 +0000 https://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:

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 https://www.marcomahler.com/materials-for-large-custom-mobiles/ Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:09:52 +0000 https://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:

Photo of Materials for Large Mobiles

Photo of Materials for Large Mobiles

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Acclaimed film “Alexander Calder” finally available on DVD https://www.marcomahler.com/alexander-calder-biography-film-documentary-dvd/ Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:04:52 +0000 https://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.

Image of Alexander Calder Biography Film Documentary DVD

Here’s a preview:

– Read the Utne Reader’s review

– Available through First Run Features

– Also available on Amazon.com

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