The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio “Inspiration” Mobile (Version1)
by Albert Chmelar
The extraordinary home and architecture studio of Alden B. Dow was the inspiration for the Dow Home & Studio mobile by Albert Chmelar. This sprawling structure constructed between 1934 and 1941 was designated a national historic landmark in 1989. Diane Maddex, author of Alden B. Dow Midwestern Modern, considers it “an extraordinary conception for its time, as it still seems today.” Notable characteristics of the building are its avant-garde white unit block construction and extensive use of bright bold colors.
Composed of five horizontal components, the colors of the Dow Home & Studio mobile were inspired by those found throughout the complex, such as green carpets, white walls, red, yellow and blue ceilings. By means of color and kinetics this artwork seeks to seize our awareness and remove us from the commonplace. Through graceful patterns of movement produced by the smallest air currents, this piece affords an opportunity of relaxation and reflection from our daily lives.
5 components- yellow, white, blue, red, green
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