A mobile hanging in perfect balance, Floating in Air seems to defy gravity while suspended in a moment. Then, it starts to move. It comes alive through the rotation of its blades on each arm. The gentle motion of the wing uses the inertia of displaced air to propel itself and the arm around. This motion sets off a domino effect and encourages the other arms to join the weightless dance seeking perfect balance. The soft fluttering of the wings and the delicate structure of the arms creates a dynamic and ethereal scene that unfolds in the air.
It’s a mobile in the tradition of Alexander Calder (1898–1976) and an ode to his ingenuity with which he seemingly turned the laws of nature upside down. In a sense, Toer’s Floating in Air mobile has its own free will too – regardless of the outside forces that act on it. Its autonomy makes each and every movement singular and the path chosen unique.