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Yesterday you learned about Alexander Calder , his circus, his stabiles, and his mobiles. Today, try your hand at creating a mobile, just like Calder. Supplies Needed: Construction Paper Scissors Hole Punch Thread (or yarn for younger children) Sticks White Glue This is a great project for older kids who are learning about weight and balance, though, with a little help, younger children can also enjoy creating mobile art. Gather your materials.
Alexander Calder mobiles have become popular among modernists and those into modern design, art, and midcentury modern style. There is something extremely compelling in Calder's work, and in the look and style of his mobiles. I cannot take my eyes off the moving art, the arms that gracefully move at the slightest breeze. I am in awe of the peaceful nature of Alexander Calder mobiles, and the hangning mobiles of other artists today.
Edit Edited by Andy, Imperatrix, Jack Herrick, Krystle C. and 12 others The sculptor Alexander Calder said "To most people who look at a mobile, it's no more than a series of flat objects that move.
From the December 1954 issue of Popular Science , "How to make an abstract mobile," instructions which were preceded by "How to Make a Christmas Tree Mobile": You can really express yourself in an abstract mobile. Unlike the Christmas-tree mobile, which is a literal mobile designed to represent a definite object, the abstract mobile gives the builder free rein, unlimited as to size, shape, or mood. The design and balance of an abstract mobile can make it move dreamily, solemnly, or wittily--like the difference between an exuberant fountain and a lazy, meandering stream. From this photo in Hanns Reich's 1962 book Children and their Fathers , it looks like there's at least one dad who really expressed himself: How to make an abstract mobile, Popular Science December 1954 [google magazines via dinosaurs + robots , which has helpfully large scans]
First thing to do is to find the objects that will hang from your mobile... they should be small and light for a simple mobile (although, keep in mind, that there are some really cool mobiles made with huge plates of welded steel)... but to start, keep it simple. For the one I made for my daughter, I used little alphabet blocks into which i sunk a tiny screw-eye (sold for attaching wire to the back of picture frames). For this instructable, I used tea-bags because they were handy. Next thing is to find some hanging wire.