The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio Dow Gardens Red Bridge Mobile
by Albert Chmelar
The unique red bridges architect Alden B. Dow designed for Dow Gardens in 1974 was the inspiration for the Dow Gardens Red Bridge mobile by Albert Chmelar. For close to half a century Dow’s eye-catching designs have been the setting of many amateur and professional photographs. Diane Maddex, author of Alden B. Dow Midwestern Modern, considers the bridge leading to the conservatory to rank “among the architect’s most memorable constructions.” These works, when experienced from afar or up close, offer visitors a multitude of perspectives and are delightful additions to the gardens.
Composed of seven horizontal pieces, the Dow Gardens Red Bridge mobile pays homage to Dow’s exceptional structures in color and cascading form. By means of its bright character and kinetics this sculpture seeks to capture our gaze and remove us from the ordinary. Through meditative patterns of movement stimulated by the slightest indoor breeze, this work allows for a moment of repose and reflection from our busy lives.
7 components- All Red
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