Mobiles are a traditional craft in Denmark, but the modern mobile was created by Christian Flensted and his wife, Grethe. Their first design, the Stork mobile, met great success and now flies all over the world! Today, their son Ole Flensted and his wife Aase continue the tradition, with ideas for new and original mobiles issuing regularly from their "Department of Space Research". The first mobile designed by Ole Flensted in 1970 and in 1972 Ole Flensted designed one of the most beloved Flensted Mobiles: the "Elephant Party". Though still popular and one of their bestsellers, they are proud to present this 2009 version, which has been designed by using only circles and sections of circles."What does it take to make a mobile that reflects the modernist architecture of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, pays tribute to its famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, and reflects the art inside?" "Well, it take almost three years of hard work, innovation and much discussion on both sides of the Atlantic. From his home in Denmark, mobile artist Ole Flensted worked to create his interpretation of the Guggenheim and the New York skyline. He sees the Guggenheim as "a spiraling pearl nestled amongst the skyscraper-high buildings". Like the actual architecture, the new mobile is spectacular in its simplicity, contrasting Frank Lloyd Wright's 1959 spiral with the rectangular shapes of its 1992 annexe and the surrounding skyscrapers. This new Guggenheim Mobile not only explores the architecture but, as with all Flensted Mobiles, also allows the shapes to move and change. Movement allows light, seen through the tens of tiny windows in each of the buildings, to change in a similar way to the building itself, which ingeniously used its circular structure to allow sunlight to filter through and reflect light naturally: a wonderful way to view art!
|Guggenheim Mobile||24" H x 14" W||0.35 lb|
Flensted Mobiles Guggenheim Mobile
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