How Hanging Mobile Art Banners Fly

Have you ever wondered how our banners, mobiles, and suspended art projects mimic the movement of nature? Like a kite, structured fabric art catches the current and infuses life into the architectural spaces. While creating our works of art, our main criteria for our projects’ utmost success are lots of light, preferably natural light. We also need a large space for our sculptural pieces to “fly.”

Across the next few blog posts, you will be able to see in-progress photos of our work with Birds, Butterflies, and Leaves to create overhead, suspended mobile art in atrium spaces. I am Mettje, the owner/designer of BannerArt Studio, and I render the design work to fit our process. I love flight, air currents, and bright, pure colors. Here at Banner Art Studios, we create works of art. Here is how we do it; how we make and “fly” our large-scale hanging mobile art for permanent public art installations. 

The first post shows the progress of our project for Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, LA.

The first step in any project is creating a concept drawing using the architect’s section of the plan. When the proposed surface designs, shapes, and sizes have been decided for suspended kinetic art banners, we begin to weld the stainless steel armature for the pieces while also cutting and assembling the fabric tapestry to start forming the overall shapes that will come together to create this beautiful mobile art.

The full length of the suspended art which hangs from one point at the ceiling is 31 feet. The height and the necessity of balancing the parts so that all of them float together, yet freely in the interior air currents of the atrium space, is crucial. It’s essential that each piece of the hanging structure can turn, rotate, and revolve.

Once we have brought this concept drawing to fruition, my team and I took the large-scale art banner outside and balanced the kinetic work from a crane. It became exhilarating once the winds began to pick up, and the clouds started to move in over the mountains in the distance.

Once we’ve officially balanced the work, it will ship out to its home in a large hand-built wooden box. Included in the package will be an illustration and instructions on how to install the piece successfully. A freight truck will then take the shipment to its destination. 

Finally, we reach the most rewarding part of this project: when it reaches its new owner. This piece will get to live its life out in Terrebonne, LA. Each piece we create still puts us in awe of the finished product, as we’re sure it does you too.

The full length of this suspended art piece is 31 feet in total. It’s a wonderful sight to watch the mobile float and turn gracefully, casting color in the space from the interaction between the natural lighting and the translucent fabric.

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