Modern mobiles. From our first college art class introduction to the mobiles of Alexander Calder, we fell in love with dangling sculptures and the way objects moved and twirled in the air suspended from thin wires. But many mobiles for kids can be rather precious, and we wanted a modern mobile appropriate for a nursery that both our son and we would appreciate. So we were delighted to come across the beautiful creations of Los Angeles-based artist, Helene Ige. Though Ige makes more grown-up mobiles, there are also some good choices to hang in a child's room.
Her Birds of a Feather mobile is made of walnut veneer, laser cut into graceful silhouettes of birds perched on branches - perfect for infants who like to gaze at shadows and contrast. A newer design is Wise Ol' Owl, a wry owl made of colored plexiglass and available either in all white, or a white/orange combo (shown here). We like the strong shapes, with bold colors, yet subtle and graceful enough to catch in any breeze to send all the shapes swirling.