The project was created as a permanent art piece. Its purpose is both aesthetic and meaningful. This mobile is 13’ long and revolves in a 24’ circle. It’s name is “The Dance: Fire and Wind.” It aptly describes the flowing colors and fabric shapes that are used in its creation. Nylon fabric is used throughout. In the “Wind”, accent pieces cut of nylon chiffon add color, dimension and form, creating a sense of movement.
The goals for integrating commission artwork into this project grew from a desire to fill the atrium space with an appropriate visual solution. Visually, the pieces move independently and also function as a whole. The subtle movement of one affecting another. Symbolically it brings to mind the forces of wind and fire. Two elements that when combined create an even stronger energy. The architecture of the space enhances the inherent qualities of the fabric, illuminating at some moments and quietly restful at others. Air current influences the movement and the piece comes to life, changing continuously. The goal of working within the atrium to fill the space yet respect the architecture, was fulfilled.
This project was created in collaboration with John Buscemi who sketched the concept for the mobile and was instrumental in providing direction for the combination of elements. The armature was made by Rick Findora of Morning Glory Studio. The wind armatures connect to the overall mobile support piece, so ultimately, there were two mobiles to balance within one. Balancing was a challenge as it took several attempts to find the correct fulcrum for each arm. The complexity of this project lies in the effort it took to find the balance of all the pieces suspended together.
This project was unique because it gave us an opportunity to try several new ideas and techniques. For the first time, we incorporated fiberglass screening into our work, creating visually open spaces within the flames that allow color from one panel to affect another. Also, the contoured fabric of the wind was cut free form and draped over the abstract metal armatures. Each wind armature was shaped differently and thus the cloth was individually shaped as well. It took several fittings to finally achieve the proper drape and shape of the wind pieces.
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