Mobiles: Not Just For Kids

Mobiles: Not Just For Kids

Anne Reagan
Nov 11, 2009

Shapes and colors and testing of gravity: it brought back memories of the scribbled drawings we used to make, shapes that had no meaning or sense. A recent trip to the Seattle Art Museum's exhibit of Alexander Calder reminded us of childhood: bright, loud colorful dangling arms swinging about perilously. But can we, as adults of a certain age, get away with such childish display in our home?

The Calder exhibit with nearly forty original works spanning from 1927 through the mid-1970's, illustrates his fascination with balance. Sculptures and mobiles both heavy and light, thick and thin, delicate and sturdy. Large glob-like shapes with the narrowest, most delicate strands of metal hazardously assembled. Interestingly enough, some of his first works were wooden push and pull toys, created in 1927. You can see the originals at the Berkshire Museum.

As parents we buy the obligatory mobile to amuse our babies. Certainly most of us would not be able to afford an original (nor have the appropriate space to display) so what can we get away with in our own space? Here are some Calder-esque mobiles from the Hanging Mobile Gallery for you to consider.

From left to right:

  • Balance by Ekko Mobiles: $395.00
  • The Answer by Steve DeSpirito: $95.00
  • Futura by Flensted: $64.50
  • Palm Mobile by Wallter: $120.00
  • In Fleight by Noah Li-Leger: $199.00

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