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Swing Dancers Ornament

Swing Dancing Elves Christmas Ornament
Holiday Ornament 2018

Christmas ornaments have become an annual artistic activity. Little sculptures (usually kinetic) that often represent some part of life or type of artwork from the year prior.

We have been learning to swing dance and that is why the dance design.

After some sketching and experimenting, some balancing and bending, this swinging dancing mobile ornament emerged.

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Copper With Red Circles #2

This copper mobile is one of the ten plus pieces recently made from an old washing machine tub I found in the scrapyard. I didn’t really know what to do with it. There has been some time to fool around with artwork lately and this is what happened. The old greenish brown cylinder was cool looking but I think you would agree these mobiles are cooler. It almost became a dinosaur! Maybe next time!

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This Year’s Christmas Design

The 2017 Christmas decoration came out like this.

I was not very excited about it this time. The design usually comes from the forms of recent artwork projects.

This year more time was spent packing and moving art than making it.

So, it makes sense that this is an old shape with a little holiday add on.

The good part is no one hated it and a few thought it was the best yet!

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Lisbon Roosters

Finished prototype of kinetic wire sculpture of rooster

Roosters seem to be everywhere.

Recent trips abroad have proven the popularity of the rooster motif as seen in homes, shops, advertisements, graffiti, glassware, jewelry, sculpture, painting…..

Yes, even ChristopherPollockArt has made and sold a few rooster pieces.

During this trip to Lisbon, Portugal, there is time to do some artwork while my wife meets with some coworkers (The main reason for the trip).

Tools and materials are limited basically to wire and pliers. So why not ad a new spin on the rooster design?

There was this rooster design.

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There were a few incorporated into mobiles like this. (Notice the rooster on the wall paper in the background of the home the mobile is installed in.)

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There were some others in mixed farm scene mobiles as well.

The inspiration to make a kinetic rooster design came from seeing this large moving sculpture in Lisbon.

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These hands have bent many kinetic birds that stand and move like that rooster.

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Mixing the rooster and bird designs seemed like it would be a good project for Lisbon.

So it began.

Some of you kind readers have asked to see more of the process, so here goes.

It starts with an coming up with an idea, as just described.

Then there is usually some doodling.

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Then the prototype is started.

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The prototype stages are where you really learn the most. This one has not gone well from the start. First of all it should have been larger. Small is very nice, but it is much harder to do, so it is a bad idea for a prototype.

Step by step you go. (I forgot to mention the use of image searches like you see on the computer.)

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Just keep bending, bending,bending….

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At this stage it was clear that the wings were too small to counterbalance the design intended for the head and eye part.

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There was to be a slightly different beak and a “waddle” hanging below the balancing loop of the head and eye piece. Larger wings should add enough weight for that to work in following attempts. You see the rejected part in the foreground.

There you have it!

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Hanging Brass “S” Mobile with Circles

Hanging Brass "S" Mobile with Circles

 

This object came to me as a brass kick plate on an old door. It is possible this piece was some other brass object before it was recycled into the kick plate. Now it is an activity sensor disguised as a mobile that hangs in my living room.

It hangs from our ceiling and the top two “s” shaped plates are not attached. They just balance on a recessed point. They have lots of movement.

My children and their friends seem to manage to send it crashing to the floor more often than they think I am aware of.

Regular inspection of this object revels when it has been knocked about the living room. Often the clues are subtle irregularities in the wires or balance. I sometimes am happy the boys are so good at mobile repair and balancing. Other times I just imagine what kind of misbehavior has been taking place in my living room!

Hanging Brass "S" Mobile with Circles
Hanging Brass “S” Mobile with Circles. ChrisPollockArt.com

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13/14 Years of Christmas Gift Artwork. Dancing Santa

Santa Christmas Ornament Mobile

Last year’s Christmas ornament art project was this dancing Santa mobile. (if you click on the full WordPress article there is a video)

They are painted sheet metal and wire.

About 50 were made.

I think I will have to make more of these Christmas decorations because people are asking to buy them.

That makes me happy!

Santa Christmas Ornament Mobile
Santa Christmas Ornament Mobile