Steven Haas - Sculpture InstallMobiles cross many lines, appealing to art lovers and many non-art lovers.  They sometimes fascinate people at a technical level and others with graceful movement or the challenge of precise balance.  In a public setting my work employs a volume of otherwise empty space and pulls it into focus with a changing reaction to light, gentle motion and challenges the viewer with an unusual combination of simplicity and complexity.

I have been fascinated by the mobile since being assigned to produce one as senior in high school with Alexander Calder as the reference.  I made mobiles casually for about fifteen years with a concept for a new approach percolating in my head.  In the mid 80’s, tools were acquired to make other tools of my own design that allowed me to explore this idea.  Naturally it took off in unexpected directions and what I call the “integrated mobile” developed.  The metal is cut, finished and balanced by my hand and not using high tech, industrial equipment as is often assumed.

What sets the integrated mobile apart is the use of cut forms of aluminum incorporating all elements of the lever in one object as opposed to what I call shapes on shafts.  This approach gives this style a different look that I believe to be unique and also allowed mobiles with representational as well as non representational imagery.

The mobiles I produce are very light given the size and are easily driven by air currents and require no power.

The materials used are 6061-T6 aluminum for light weight and strength.  Hand turned 308 stainless steel rings are used as connections.   Heavy fish line is used for residential scale projects with stainless steel rod or cable used for pieces on public display.  An industrial grade thrust bearing is used for rotation.

Finishes are often a mechanically, hand applied texture.  When color is desired on large projects, a powder coating process is used.  A combination of texture and color is also very attractive.  The change of the surface appearance in different light is striking as the mobile moves and the angles change.

Steven Haas
2611 East Shore Drive
Green Bay WI 54302

Phone  920 737 7343
Phone/fax  920 884 6835
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