Vertical balancing in mobiles

  • Posted on: 12 October 2012
  • By: ashok

Recently I made a mobile whose design incorporated the very difficult art of vertical balancing.

Afterwards I reached different conclusions. First, vertical balance has no value for an average viewer. Even when it is pointed out, he does not appreciate it. So 3 out of 7 nodes of my mobile were not adding any value to the average viewer.

The balance four were just not moving relative to each other. but were rotating in a plane. Very boring movement with no re-carving of space.

Frozen Motion

  • Posted on: 23 October 2011
  • By: ashok

I have been making various sorts of mobiles for over 35 years now.

I learnt the art of balancing forks and spoons over the edges of cups and glasses at home.

When I was living as a bachelor in Calcutta, I found a book on Calder's mobiles at one of the book fairs there. Reading that book, I got more seriously into making mobiles.

My understanding of his mobiles has increased greatly nowadays.

Previously, there was a class of mobiles that he made where the parts did not have freedom to move in relationship to each other.