Matt and Ben just got back from their yearly trip to Batesville, Arkansas to clean and tune up the White River Mobile. Everything went smoothly, from the flights to the cleaning, hallelujah. And the mobile looks as good as ever!
Each year, Matt and Ben head to Bateville, Arkansas to spruce up the White River Mobile. It hangs over a hospital food court, so they de-grease and polish each piece by hand and ensure that each connection point is still in tip-top condition.
As you can see from our progress pictures, cleaning a 40-foot-tall mobile is a bit more complicated than it may sound: it requires some lowering, dismantling, and re-assembly. But it's a nice change of pace, and it's become a fun tradition to revisit it each year.
Earlier this month, Matt and Ben headed back to Batesville, Arkansas to perform scheduled maintenance on our White River piece. The mobile hangs over a hospital food court, so to minimize impact on operations, they worked through the night. (Two nights, actually!)
The mobile was lowered halfway, partly disassembled, and each shape was individually de-greased and polished. And now it's back to its original shiny, beautiful state!
A few fun facts about the recent installation in Arkansas:
- Matt and Ben arrived onsite at about 2 p.m. and finished the installation at 3 a.m.
- They strung together 230 shapes.
- The mobile itself hangs 40 feet long and 17 feet wide.
- The atrium it fills spans four floors.
Here's the massive mobile Matt and Ben just installed in Batesville, Arkansas at the new White River Health System facility.
Ben doubled as the on-site photographer, so we've got plenty of pictures of the installation process. Stay tuned!
We've spent the past few weeks prepping to install this mobile (our tallest yet!). It will require a lot of on-site assembly, so the prep work hasn't been terribly glamorous or photo-worthy. But this moment always feels worth documenting:
All the mobile components are all crated up for a cross-country trip, and the freight company should arrive any minutes. Safe travels, mobile! We'll see you in Arkansas!
This picture also shows the enormity of the materials we picked up last week. Matt is surely contemplating some important geometric equation. But it kinda looks like he's psyching himself up to hula hoop with that thing.
Matt and Ben knew this next set of materials for the Arkansas hospital mobile wouldn't fit into the trusty Subaru. But they were surprised that even with a rented pickup truck they were pushing their luck!
And right about now, we're glad we reorganized and tidied up the shop back in March. With three big projects in the queue this summer, we're going to have some seriously tight quarters for awhile. (No complaints, though. It's a good problem to have!)
Right now, we're starting the fabrication process on this mobile. Step one? Acquiring materials.
Pictured here, nestled in the back of Matt's trusty Subaru, is the first set of materials: a bunch of rings, made of rolled stainless steel tubing, that will serve as the mobile's framework.