I am very excited about my new commission of mobiles for Children’s Hospital in Boston. I am working with gallery owner Betty Bothereau of L’Attitude Gallery where I show, to complete 12 mobiles for play rooms in the hospital. I visited the hospital for the first time last week. It is sad to think of a 10 floor hospital dedicated just to children, but these colorful mobiles will hopefully brighten their spirits during their stay. One of the challenges of the hospital setting is that the art has to be washable and fire proof. Even on the ceiling! So I am using acrylic and wire for most of the sculptures and soaking any wood or paper I use with fireproofing liquid. This product is commonly used in theaters it turns out. Here you can see butterfly shapes after heat forming. These shapes were laser cut by a “fab lab” from Cambridge. What a time saver! They will be incorporated into a garden themed mobile after some detail is added using a sand blasting type technique.
I am picking up with this post after the installation. There was no time for good photography but here you can see some of the textured elements that were incorporated into the mobile. I hope to visit the hospital to get installation shots sometime this summer. In the mean time, I’m back to work on the next groups which have a forest and ocean theme.