Latest mobile installations

Studio shot of Branches

Studio shot of Branches

Four more mobiles were installed this week in playrooms in Children’s Hospital.  Yay!  I haven’t been present to watch the installations but my gallerist, took a few pics to share. (Getting professional photos is on my list!)  The spaces that I’m working with at the hospital are quite unusual. Branches installation As you can see a beam causes these octagonal ceiling recesses to be more rectangular than round.  Our solution has been to create two mobiles that hang on either side of the beam, creating one large sculpture.  Every room has a different theme.  Here is the Branch mobile installation.  You can see the true colors in my studio shot.  I have 3 more mobiles to finish before this project is complete.  Back to the studio…….

Art Mobiles for Children’s Hospital

Acrylic butterflies

Butterflies after heat forming.

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.

Butterflies for the Garden Mobile

Butterflies for the Garden Mobile

Mobiles Installed for Emergence Show

Installing “Spin Dr” in The Great Hall

Two of my largest mobiles are now hanging in The Great Hall at One Hundred River Street, Springfield, VT as part of their Great Hall grand opening “Emergence” show.   Formerly known as the Gear Shaper building this factory  was the site where gears were machined from the late 1800s until 1960 when the company moved.  The building remained empty and deteriorating until 2008 when John Meekin and Rick Genderson bought the building with plans to transform it into a downtown hub.  They totally renovated it, turning it into a community health center with The Great Hall reserved for large public art works.  With 25′ ceilings this is a dream space for a kinetic artist.  The show is up until November 1st, so if you’re in the area stop in to see my two mobiles: Spin Dr and Jubilation.  Other artists exhibiting are: Rick Hearn, Scot Borofsky, Robert Carsten, Robert O’Brien, Oliver Schemm, Carolyn Enz Hack, Stephen Procter and Tapestry Weavers in New England (TWiNE): Suzanne Pretty, Betsy Wing, Sarah Robbins, Priscilla May Alden, and Eve S.Pearce.