In the 1930’s, an American artist named Alexander Calder wanted to create sculptures that moved without machinery. The result of the first mobile designed to hang in mid-air and catch the breeze. Mobiles are so common place today that it weird to think of them being a new invention…I love my chimes hanging by my porch! 🙂
Mr. Calder is featured in the National Gallery of Art. Here is a photo of the Calder Room:
Our Creative Art Challenge this week was to create a mobile ourselves.
- Foam Shapes or Construction Paper
- Stapler or Craft Glue
- Wire Pipe Cleaners
- Wire Cutters
- Cut pipe cleaners into 6 uneven lengths.
- Start with the 2 longest pipe cleaners. Wrap the end of the longest one time around the middle about 1/3 of the length of the second one.
- Repeat this step, starting with the longest and ending with the smallest.
- Hang on the back of a chair.
- Select your shapes (or cut them out of paper). You will need two of each shape.
- Create your mobile by stapling or gluing the shapes to the available ends of each wire. Let dry, if applicable.
- Hang and enjoy!