Kenneth Martin Screw Mobile with Black Centre c.1958–65

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Artist
Kenneth Martin 1905–1984
Title
Screw Mobile with Black Centre
Date c.1958–65
Medium Bronze and wood
Dimensions Object: 279 x 629 x 629 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1965
Reference
T00752
Not on display

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This mobile consists of two circular elements composed of bronze rods. They radiate from a black wooden 'hub' at the centre, in the shape of a cylindroid, and are joined at the outer rim. One of the elements is horizontal and oscillates from the centre. The second element rotates around the centre, and, through the twist, makes an endless surface. The strip of metal along the outside edge also makes an endless surface. Originally the mobile was rotated with an electric motor. Kenneth Martin wrote that the mobile was 'an essay in repetitive rhythm. It is like a landscape which rotates around its centre of perspective - though this simile must not be taken too far'.

September 2004

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