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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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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
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4/14 Years of Christmas Art Ornaments Snowboarder Ornament

This sheet aluminum and wire mobile ornament was from around the time the kids got my my wife and me into snowboarding.

Our kids have been instructors for years, and they had talked us into it that year so it seemed like a good design.

Good decision!

Snowboarder Ornament Christopher Pollock Art
Snowboarder Ornament Christopher Pollock Art
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7/14 Years of Christmas Gift Art

8/12 Years of Christmas Gift Art Jingle Bells Ornament

Year eight was this mobile ornament made from brass wire and jingle bells. 

I made 40-50 of these and one larger piece as well as some earrings using this design. 

The middle wire (I call the wires of mobiles armatures) shape has since become an often used design element in my wire sculptures and Christmas gift artwork.

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9/14 Years of Christmas Gift Making

Thanks for the penguin likes. You probably (hopefully) will notice that the gifts get better as the years go by. May that continue. Hopefully we all improve over time. We really hope my blogging does too!

So here is the painted sheet metal and wire snowman (with a piece of plastic weed whip string for a “carrot” nose). This was the sixth year’s gift. 40-50 of these were made.