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A mobile in floral art competitions falls into the kinetic styles that evolved from the work of Alexander Calder, an American sculptor and abstract painter. In kinetic designs, actual movement or the appearance of movement is dominant. Movement may be created by air current or be motorised.

The current definition of a mobile is a design that is suspended, as invisibly as possible, appearing to float in the air with perfect balance, allowing for actual movement of all components within the design. It should appear interesting from any angle and may be symmetrical or asymmetrical. Plant material must predominate.


Space allowed for this design was 180cm drop by 40cm width.


I was fortunate to find, some time ago, a piece of branch shaped in a straight edged “U” which I knew would be useful one day. It has a lovely aged look and some moss growing through it so was perfect for the top arm of my mobile design. The other two arms are from branches of the same tree, with smaller pieces coming off them to give a similar look.

Each of the three arms is suspended by jute from one another with the top arm being tied to the display frame. The design features skeleton leaves, wool, feathers, cork squares on wire trails and cut sections of banksia. All these are placed to create interest from various viewing angles as well as to allow movement of each of the arms.

This design was placed second. The judge would like the design to have been suspended less visibly using fishing line and swivels rather than the jute string. I also lost some marks as one of the skeleton leaf placements stopped another section from free movement when they touched.

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