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Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc‘s artwork Continuel-mobil Argent, 1967 is in IMMA’s Collection. The artwork has lines of small aluminium squares hanging down on strings. The squares gently move according to air flow in the gallery. Even the presence of visitors close to the work can affect the metallic squares, moving them slightly from side to side. The aluminium reflects light as they move.

Here is an easy way to make your own mobile using:

  • tissue paper
  • silver and gold foil
  • invisible thread
  • a small twig or bamboo stick from the garden


Steps

Begin by collecting different tissue papers, silver tin foil, gold foil or sweet wrappers.

  1. Cut them up into squares and using a glue stick layer the papers on top of each other to create textures and patterns. You could even change the shape of your mobile by cutting out circles or mix shapes together.
  2. Once you have cut out your shapes stick them back to back with a line of invisible thread in the middle.
  3. When you have a line of shapes attached to the thread you can then make a loop at the top of the thread and hang from a small twig.

You can make your mobile as simple or detailed as you like.

Please share your results, your experiments, and artworks with the hashtag #ExploreratHome


About the Artist

Julio Le Parc b.1928

Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc settled in Paris in 1958 where he became part of an influential and innovative group that included Victor Vasarely. His work draws on Constructivism and was inspired by the new social democracies that were emerging after World War II. Le Parc was prominently associated with the Op and Kinetic Art movements and developed a rational and scientific approach to art that denied subjectivity and self-expression. He was awarded the painting prize at the Venice Biennale in 1966. Le Parc's work was much admired by Gordon Lambert who donated several of his works to IMMA.
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