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Origami Mobile History


A mobile is a sculpture with balanced parts that allows it to move freely when gently encouraged by a breeze. The word is an old one, coming from the Old English and based on the Latin word mobilis - i.e. To Move. However, the actual creation of mobiles is relatively recent.

Origami Mobile

Alexander Calder came from a family of sculptors and in the 1920s became fascinated with the idea of sculptures that moved on their own. He first created motor and gear drive sculptures, but soon moved on to a more natural style - sculptures that nature would cause to move. In 1931, Marcel Duchamp was the first to title these creations "mobiles". They are often called "kinetic mobiles" or "kinetic structures".

Origami Mobile

Origami is the perfect partner for a mobile. The Japanese often hung pieces of paper, streamers, fish shapes and other symbols from trees and homes to celebrate the passing of the seasons. They would decorate the home with origami to bring cheer and luck to their lives. Adding motion to this traditional form of artwork is a true marriage of beauty and functionality.

Six Crane Mobile Samples
Autumn Origami Mobile Photos
Beach Theme Origami Mobile Photos
Black White Grey Origami Mobile Photos
Blue-White Origami Mobile Photos
Confetti Origami Mobile Photos
Confetti 2 Origami Mobile Photos
Confetti 3 Origami Mobile Photos
Gold Textured Origami Mobile Photos
Gold Blue Origami Mobile Photos
Gold Red Origami Mobile Photos
Green Foil Origami Mobile Photos
Green-Blue Origami Mobile Photos
Green-White Origami Mobile Photos
Multicolor Foil Origami Mobile Photos
Textured Pastel Origami Mobile Photos
Pink Origami Mobile Photos
Purple Origami Mobile Photos
White Origami Mobile Photos
White 2 Origami Mobile Photos
Eight Crane Mobile Samples
Blue Green Gold Origami Mobile Photos
Gold Momi Origami Mobile Photos
Green Origami Mobile Photos
Purple Origami Mobile Photos
Purple Yellow Origami Mobile Photos
Red Origami Mobile Photos
Red 2 Origami Mobile Photos
Yellow Origami Mobile Photos

Animal Mobiles (non-Crane)
Butterfly Origami Mobile Photos
Cat Origami Mobile Photos
Dove Origami Mobile Photos
Goldfish Origami Mobile Photos
Swan Origami Mobile Photos

Other Mobile Samples
Window Origami Mobile Photos
Spiral Origami Mobile Photos
String of Hanging Origami Cranes


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