A mobile is an abstract sculpture made chiefly out of sheet metal, steel rods, wire, and wood. Some or all of these elements move, propelled by electric motors, wind, water or by hand…When everything goes right a mobile is a piece of poetry that dances with the joy of life and surprise

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

When I was at school mumblemumble years ago, we used to have cinema days.

A local cinema – usually the Bridgeway – would be requisitioned, kids herded into chartered buses and told to “BE QUIET AND WATCH THE FILM”

Usually Jacques Cousteau, infrequently a National Geographic film (snake eats mouse, cheetah catches gazelle..) and very rarely (and probably only for seniors) something like “Hamlet”.

The Russian version with electricity lines in the distance.

Or a film about modern art.

Alexander Calder was one film we saw – probably as a short before the main feature.

All I recall at the time was this American guy cutting, welding and painting amoebic metal shapes and balancing them on a structure.

My interest grew and grew over the years as I become more and more exposed to art and culture in general and walking into a WHOLE ROOM of them at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington was almost an epiphany.

A mobile is a piece of poetry that dances with the joy of life and surprise.


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