8'X 20'X 12'
brushed aluminum, rivets, paint, cable, hardware
Private commission; Asheville, NC
Similar work ~$7,000
The title Kuroshio comes from the Kuroshio Current,
which flows in the Pacific Ocean.
I did not set out to design a mobile with this theme in
mind, but when it was complete, I looked at the sparkling,
watery, wave-like forms and I began to imagine those as waves.
The colored spheres seemed to be floating in those waves.
I thought of the traditional glass fishing floats that
sometimes break away from Japanese fishermen's nets and drift
across the ocean to be found by beachcombers on the west coast
of the U.S. In
searching for the name of those floats, I learned that the
Kuroshio Current is what carries them across the Pacific, and
that seemed to be the right title for the mobile.
I designed Kuroshio to be suspended
within the space between two large wooden trusses. It is consists of two independently hung sections.
By dividing the mobile into two sections, I was able to
elongate the overall design to make optimal use of the space
between the trusses. I
worked within a CAD program to experiment with scale, placement,
and proportions. The
precision of the program helped me to include within the design
numerous points at which adjacent, moving pieces almost touch as
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