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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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Orange Circle Mobile. Kinetic Art Video

It has been a long move from the last studio to this new space. More time has been spent packing, moving and unpacking tools and artwork than actually making things.

I think some downsizing and focus will help.

There are new shops and galleries looking at my work and it seems to make sense that the first images that appear on this site are available for sale.

So there will be a bunch of re-posts of pieces that are still in my possession.
Also, it will be good to spend more time with the WordPress community!

Remember this one?

Bright orange! No black on this one.

There are five or so new circle mobiles from last winter that are being finished and painted now that the weather is better for paint to dry. There is a make-shift spray booth in my studio that is small and not great to use so waiting for good outdoor conditions is better for me.

There will be more effort to include colors this round thanks to input and encouragement from helpful bloggers and followers. Thank you!

Kinetic sculpture is one of my favorite art forms. Not just because the sculptures move and change. It is also because of the balance. Balance to me is art.

Balance is one of those concepts that seems to be expressed in all aspects existence.

Physical balance is how many of us love to play.  Whether it is counterbalancing artwork or shifting one’s weight doing a favorite activity. Without it we are doomed!

Balance rewards us in many ways when we maintain it. Losing our balance also has many, often painful and destructive, ways to remind us of how dependent we are on it.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite lines, “it’s all about balance”.

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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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5/14 Years of Christmas Gift Art. Glass Ball Mobile Ornament

One of the favorite Christmas gift art ornaments was this mobile in a clear glass ball.

Wire and snowflake charms with a Christmas tree at the bottom make up the mobile part.

Glitter glued to the glass ball with silver ribbon to hang it from and there you have it!

Everyone loved it! But, mailing this object failed a few times.

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6/14 Years of Christmas Ornament Gift Art

This Christmas ornament design comes from spiral mobiles I have made.

The mobiles are larger with more  pieces than this little ornament.

It is brass sheet metal with brass wire and about 3 inches.

40-50 were made.

 

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Orange Circles Mobile

I need to find a better place to hang this mobile. It’s pretty big and needs a high ceiling.

Orange Circle Mobile Christopher Pollock Art
Orange Circle Mobile Christopher Pollock Art

It would be okay hanging from a low ceiling but the view from below would be missed.

 

Orange Circle Mobile From Below Christopher Pollock Art
Orange Circle Mobile From Below Christopher Pollock Art