Spinning Sculpture


27 July 2020

For this week's Monday Makes we’ve been inspired by David Austen again! His 2019 exhibition at DCA, Underworld, featured lots of different artworks, from watercolours and collage to film and sculpture. For this make, we're looking at his mobile sculptures and creating our own spinning sculpture.

Underworld exhibition view, David Austen, DCA, 2019, photo by Ruth Clark

Light, a series of three steel mobiles with light bulbs, acted as lanterns lighting the way into the exhibition. The exhibition also featured more steel sculptures in different colours. Mobile (Yellow), Mobile (Orange) and Mobile (White) all spun very gently and slowly, creating shadows on the walls as they moved. 

L-R: Light, 2010 Mobile (Orange), 2016 / Mobile (White), 2017, artwork by David Austen, photos by Ruth Clark

Download our step-by-step guide here and create your own spinning sculpture from card or paper. Hang it up in different locations and see how it moves and how the light hits it. We'd love to see your sculpture - snap a photo or take a video of it and share with us using #DCAmakes.

If you enjoy this activity and you're able to, we'd be so grateful if you'd consider donating to help us keep enriching people's lives through art, culture and creativity. Thank you! 

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