I’ve always been fascinated with mobiles and kinetic sculpture. I don’t know what the proper division is between them but to me mobiles are typically passive and kinetic sculptures are often motorized. I find them both soothing, fun, and fascinating to watch. Since a lot of babies have them hanging in their cribs, I wonder if this fascination is something we all share. Kinetic sculpture is newer to me but I’ve noticed a lot more of it in public spaces such as airports and large building lobbies. Alexander Calder is credited with being the inventor of mobiles and is near to my heart because he was trained as an engineer but used that knowledge to help him make art which is an aspiration of mine. I stumbled across Reuben Margolin’s work one night on a random internet search and was amazed by the graceful movements of his kinetic sculptures.
So my intention today was to write about how much I enjoy walking my dog in my neighborhood and post some of the beautiful flowers I’ve taken pictures of on these walks but then I got distracted.
When I turned on my computer this morning Yahoo loaded up with a picture of a giant blue horse sculpture at the Denver airport called the Blue Mustang. Apparently a lot of people really hate this sculpture and there’s whole websites dedicated to trying to get it removed according to this New York Times article. The part of the article that made me giggle quietly in my cubicle is the following haiku dedicated to the sculpture:
Anxiously I fly
apocalyptic hell beast
fails to soothe my nerves.
I kinda like the giant apocalyptic hell beast.