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

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

My work has been featured at New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park, the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and at commercial spaces, galleries, art shops, and private residences. I’ve contributed articles about mobiles to several publications such as Houzz and Make Magazine. The 3D printed mobiles have been featured in Gestalten’s “Printing Things – Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing” and at the 2015 3D Print Shows in California, Paris and Dubai. A series of three large custom mobiles I designed and made won 3rd Prize at the 2015 International Kinetic Art Competition, organized by KAO, the largest kinetic art and sculpture organization in the world, as part of the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium in Boynton Beach, Florida. I am honored and excited to have been asked to make a custom mobile for Robert A. M. Stern Architects’ room at the 2017 Kips Bay Designer Show House. I custom designed and made a large mobile for the movie The Upside (to be released in 2018), in which it will be featured as part of the storyline.

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

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

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