Artist's Statement

"My hanging mobiles are ever-changing works of art. The delicate balance between gravity and the gentle currents in the air around us cause the mobiles to twist and bend, appearing to give them a life of their own. They are constantly redefining not only the positive shape of the mobile itself, but the negative spaces that surround the sculpture.

I like to think of my mobiles as a reminder that although life is ever-changing, one can always find beauty and joy in it. All one needs to do is stay balanced and bend slightly with the breeze."

-Steve DeSpirito

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Apartment Therapy

One of my Stabiles, "The Answer," is featured on the blog Apartment Therapy.
Pretty cool!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Joy is one of my most popular designs. I've sold versions of this in Germany, Italy, Taiwan, and across the United States. The major appeal of this piece seems to be it's simplicity of form and the color combination. Made of stainless steel and EVA foam sheet, this piece is 24 x 33 and sells for $155. Contact me at if interested.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Here is a funky little piece that almost formed itself out of discarded parts from other designs. This piece can be made in various colors and is made of stainless steel and EVA foam. A smaller design, it's only 12 x 12 and costs $80.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Positive Curves

Sometimes, the process of discovery and creation is almost as fun as the finished product. The pieces of this mobile are all cut from the same sheet, the top three pieces are the "cutouts" from making the bottom four pieces. I love the fact that I'm taking the negative spaces from between these lower parts and using them as positive spaces on the top. Hence the name, "Positive Curves" for this piece.
The size of this one is 24 x 30 and it sells for around $140 in that scale. The material is PVC plastic sheet. I've made this in several sizes and colors, blue seems to be a favorite (perhaps because it gives it a nautical feel) and red is also popular (flames?), but my favorite is still black. Someday, I'd like to try it in Birch plywood.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Home Concepts Magazine

I was recently contacted by Home Concepts Magazine about my mobile The Flow. Home Concepts is a Singapore based publication focusing on homes, gardens, architecture, and the art world. Apparently, they were interested in featuring my mobile in the, "Favourite Things," section. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Circle Tree

These images are of one of my more vertical pieces (meaning taller than it is wide). Normally, I like to try to stretch more horizontally with my mobiles, defying gravity. This piece, however, is more suited to a tall confined space like a stairwell.
I've shown it here in two styles to give you an idea of how my work can be customized. The size is 24 x 36 and it's made of stainless steel and EVA foam shapes to keep it very lightweight and provide lots of movement. The cost is $165. As always, feel free to email at with inquiries.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


This is one of my first "production" mobiles and continues to be a best seller. I have sold versions of this mobile in Germany, Switzerland, France, and across the US in various color combinations. This piece, like many of my work, is made of stainless steel and EVA foam shapes. This makes it very lightweight and incredibly responsive to minor indoor air currents. The size of this mobile is about 24 inches wide by 32 inches high, but I've made custom sizes up to 4 feet tall.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Serpentine Motion

I know I've posted this image once before, but it serves as a good example of the "serpentine" motion most of my mobiles perform. Because the separate elements of the piece are linked with one another directly (instead of hanging freely as from a string) they cause a chain reaction of movement when stirred. This effect can be mesmerizing and is carefully considered during the design of most of my work. I really like the cause and effect relationship the elements have on one another. This chain reaction of movement is known as "serpentine motion" due to the resemblance it bears to a snake's undulating body. Keep in mind this image moves quickly in comparison to the normal slow and gentle movements of my larger mobile pieces, I only show it here to better illustrate the mechanics of my work. For more information, feel free to email me at

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My Methods

I'm often asked about my techniques and construction methods. In response, I'll explain that in most cases I keep my work as clean and simple as possible. Most of my work includes no glue, welding, nuts or bolts. Just simple shapes and bent wire. A good analogy to me is music, anyone can make simple sounds, but arranging the sound into something musical is an art. Have you ever really listened to "Moonlight Sonata" and heard how simple it is? Yet it's a great and enduring work of art. I strive for the same simplicity and beauty of form in many of my hanging mobiles.

If you would like to discuss a new project, feel free to contact me at

Saturday, June 20, 2009


"Sprung" is a mobile I had kind of forgotten about until a friend saw it hanging in the corner of my workspace and inquired about it. I originally made is as a scaled up version of my mobile titled, "Tucson," but after completion I wasn't sure I really liked it. I donated it to a charity auction and it brought in more than I thought it would! It never ceases to amaze me how much I can underestimate a piece until others see it. I'm sure that's a common problem for artists, and I'm no exception.

Friday, June 5, 2009

One of my first....

This is one of the first mobiles I made with the intention of giving it to someone else. Up to this point, I had really just made them for myself because it was fun, then gave them as gifts after the fact. This time, I had the client in mom. It still hangs in her home today, some 5 years later.
The piece is made of aluminum wire with paper shapes. The paper is white on one side, blue on the other. If I had it to do over again, I think I would have made some of the shapes much larger. However, the, "client," seems very happy with it and won't let me change a thing. I did later make a piece with larger shapes that was similar to this called Branches, you can see it in another post. Feel free to contact me if you'd like a similar piece.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


This is a whimsical little piece I made that kind of evokes, "speed." The original was made in galvanized wire, but I later made a copy in stainless for a cleaner shiny look. It's a silly little mobile that would look good in a boy's race car bedroom. The original is only about 12 inches tall but it can easily be scaled up.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


When I was a kid, there was a sailboat mobile hanging in my bedroom. I used to lay on the top bunk and blow gently on it causing it to spin slowly as I was falling asleep. Years later, when I had children of my own, I thought back to how much I enjoyed that mobile. So, I decided to make one of my own for my kids. This is an image of that mobile, with airplanes to match the bedding my boys had at the time. I don't make many mobiles of the "stick and string" variety like this anymore, but this one opened the door to a new and exciting art form I hadn't yet explored.

Monday, June 1, 2009


When I was a kid, I couldn't rest until I figured out how things worked. I loved taking stuff apart and making new things with the stuff I found inside. I especially get a thrill out of making something out of nothing, creating something unique just by bending wire for example. A while ago, I started making these little wire creations with moving parts just for fun. At the time, I had never heard the term "Automata" but have since realized it's a well established art form. It might be hard to tell from the photo above, but when you crank the tail of the sculpture the wings flap. I donated this piece to a charity auction and was later commissioned (by someone who was outbid!) to make similar pieces. I'll probably make more of this type of thing in the future. Below is a photo of one of the commissioned pieces. In this piece, there are two human figures that move as if they are rowing the shaft that causes the wings to flap. There are also two sets of wings that rise and fall at different intervals, and tail fins that move from side to side. Though these are not mobiles, they are fun kinetic art!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Pen sculptures

I was going through some old files and found these. These are more little pieces I did for a charity auction. The idea was to take all the junk that was lying around the office and make something out of it. I kept finding old pens that didn't write anymore and liking the styling of them, noticing that they looked more like they were made by NASA than Bic. So, I assembled all kinds of pieces and parts to make these futuristic looking aircraft/spaceship things. They turned out very well, and were a crowd pleaser. Now, I keep my eyes open for these kinds of parts and pieces all the time and squirrel them away until I have enough junk (and ambition, and time) to make another piece.
One of the images shows a collage of the piece itself, along with some silly PhotoShop work I did to give it more interest during the auction.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Another small mobile (less than a foot tall) I made to try out a new concept. I really like the way this one moves. This could easily be scaled up if desired. If interested in a quote, email me at


This mobile started out as two different mobiles, one made with balls and one made with flat circles. I didn't like either of them on their own, so I started combining them in various ways and ended up with this "bouncing" mobile. For some reason, this seems more popular on the East Coast.
Made of stainless steel and wood, the size is approximately 24 x 24 and the cost is $210.