Monday, July 20, 2009

chip off the ol' block

"mint chip without the chip"

hot day. cold ice cream. melting. drip, drip, lick, lick, slurp...
what's any of that have to do with this mobile? um, nothing, really... but it *is* a hot day. based on the larger 'aubergine & cream' design, this mobile is smaller (duh) and mintier in a fresh menthol bluish-green. nice articulation means when one spins the rest will follow. thinner arm wire means great for indoors and A/Cs

size: approx. 11" tall x "23 wide

that's what she said

"trust me"

okay, you gotta trust me on this one... i can't for the life of me get a good picture of it... perhaps she's camera shy? or cast some magic no-photo spell around itself... whatever the story, i just can't do her justice with photos...

i'll say this... it's one of my hands-down current favorite mobiles...
- unpainted sanded metal sparkles in the sun - angled blades spin and swirl pointing this way and that - very vertical design cuts up your visual field into many parts - mixes organic and geometric shapes to give an industrial yet natural vibe, like a metallic climbing vine

grab this one while it lasts!

size: approx. 42" long x 24" wide

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

...send johnny on over...

"red rover, red rover"

(yes, I know this is a horrible photo... sorry about that!)

yep, send this red-hot baby over...

When in motion, you get the impression of a spastic 9-year-old boy desperately dodging a bouncy red ball that's been thrown at him full-speed by the biggest kid in his 5th grade class... oh, wait a minute, that's not right... flashback to St. Didacus... breathe in, breathe out...

When in motion,
some new design ideas crash together (without actually hitting one another) in this fun vertical dude... great when moving and pretty dang cool when it's standing still...

size: approx. 28" long by 22" wide
- also can be custom made to order in your preferred size

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say it isn't snow

"snow white"

i've done a 'black beauty' version of this mobile for years, that is - surprise, surprise - painted pink... um, no, actually it's painted black... you thought I was going to say 'egglplant," didn't you? it's okay to admit...

but seriously... this mobile has superior articulation & movement... because each arm is directly interlocked with the one below (rather than being connected by eyelets as are many of my mobiles).

This subtle difference in design mechanics means much more immediate movement... when one blows, all the others are helpless to do anything but follow...

i can create in any size to perfectly accommodate your space.

spins effortlessly with the smallest breath of air - even heating or cooling systems make it dance!

size: approx. 24" long by 21" wide - also can be custom made to order in your preferred size

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Welcome to the TEMPORARY home of mark leary designs

Hey there and hello!

Welcome to the ever-so-temporary home of Mark Leary Designs... which is just a fancy name for fun stuff that moves... or, art to hang with... or, yep, just mobiles, mobiles, and more mobiles!

In the days to come, I'll be launching a new site with many more bells and whistles (well, not actual bells nor whistles, but you know what I mean). It'll allow you a much better look at the mobiles, as well as the inside scoop on how they're made, and - if you're lucky - a secret introduction to the mastermind behind the whole enchilada: Buddy the Cat!

So, check back in soon for the new site!

For now, there are 40 mobiles showcased on this site, so be sure to click on through to the older posts to see 'em all.

And, if you live in Central Oregon, swing on by Furnish (near the Old Mill in Bend). Or if you're not in the area, watch them spin at the Red Brick Gallery in Ventura, CA, Rare Device in San Francisco, or the Made Gallery in New Orleans.

If you have any questions, comments, or would like purchase a mobile, please visit one of my galleries or contact me directly at

Thanks for visiting!

spin, spin, spin

"the original three-by-3"

keep it simple, keep it real.


three of one, three of the other... doesn't get much simpler than that.

what more can i say than clean design, striking colors, and the guy who started the whole three-by-3 craze.

this lil' dude is the perfect size for just about any space, inside or out, small or large, make a statement with art that moves!

size: approx. 12" tall by 13" wide

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ben or jerry?

"the original wavy gravy"

no ice cream here (sorry)...

just a freakin' fun mobile that suggests waves rolling in, the crashing surf, and the next epic set on the horizon ready to break...

ocean blues punctuate this fluid piece with a soothing presence.

as for movement, this baby is deceptively simple... the articulated arms bounce and spin in a constant splash of controlled whitewater chaos...

size: approx. 36" wide by 24" tall, but can custom sized for your order

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got balls?

"the juggler"

fun shapes in bright complimentary colors flying willy-nilly through the sky evoke the spirit of three-ring circuses, elephants on parade, snotty-nosed kids, cotton candy, and the crazy juggling clown bringing smiles to all.

fabulous fluid movement are the 'hollah back' hallmarks of this new design for 2009.

with shocking colors, the juggler is guaranteed to brighten up any room, indoors or out.

size: approx. 16" tall x 27" wide

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going up and up and up


this gray + orange beaut is a pristine example of a modern gem...

nothing extraneous on this articulated workhorse... just a pure joy at moving + moving and moving - almost with the passing of thoughts... but definitely with any air circulation, heater, a/c, or the moving body...

size: approx. 35" by 18" - also can be custom made to order in your preferred size + colors

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that girl is POISON

"the poison zook"

unpredictable. always on the move. lurking... ready... stealthy... ATTACK!

the poison zook may seem unassuming, but don't be fooled...he's a mobile assassin.

he waits calmly. draws you in. then, whammo-ka-slammo, he strikes...

this fun lil' mover flirts with danger with every twist and turn... are you ready?

the perfect size for just about any space, inside or out, small or large.

size: approx. 13" tall x 20" wide

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where are the clouds?

"sun & shine"

this seven-bladed two-toned superstar is drenched in deep blue on one side and sanded fine for a natural metallic shine on the other. a sunshine-y orb centers the affair from which all the rays do their mobile-izing thing.

superb bouncy balance & round-and-round-and-round movement on this unique two-tone design makes it a really fun art piece, indoors or out.

spins effortlessly with the smallest breath of air (yes, even morning breath and heating or cooling systems make it dance, too!

Custom made to order so you can pick the color(s) you want!

size: approx. 12" long by 12" wide

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i'm taking a bath

"splish splash"

big rain drop interpretations spin rather than splash and are always on the move...

super sensitive mobile is perfect for indoor or outdoor enjoyment...

size: custom made for your order

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sparkle sparkle


resurrected from a pieces of a long-abandoned mobile this slim dazzler is roughly constructed and aggressively etched, but there's a subtly to it that splashes down like a spring rain... um, on crack, that is! When light hits this baby, it screams "it's all about ME!"

Perfect for the garden or a real statement indoors, this is one mobile that needs a home.

size: approx. 33" long x 14" wide

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another seed poddy

"seed poddy jr."

in the tradition of form follows function, this ruggedly rustic, yet undeniably modern mobile has its roots firmly planted in a metaphoric image of seeds sprouting new life and reaching skyward toward a contemporary revolution.

with organic shapes that mimic foliage you'd see in each of the four seasons - from the expectant buds of spring, the ripe fullness of summer, the brilliant release of fall, to the crisp truth of winter - this mobile is an homage to all things natural - including the rough and tough - while being seriously committed to all things modern and minimal.

A uniquely articulated mobile - lacking a harmonious fluidity of all parts moving in synchrony - she moves as does nature... in fits and spurts, of its own mind and desires, and ever ready to twist and turn toward the realization of the next sunrise, the next moment, the next now.

size: approx. 20" by 20"

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it's a seed, it's a pod... it's a seed poddy!

"seed poddy"

it's a poddy!

this organic wisp of a mobile casts a shiny spell on any garden or room. catching light at every turn, she moves with an articulated grace that is punctuated with voluptuous curves and swirly etched patterns in the bare metal design.

size: approx. 24" wide x 30-36" tall, but can be custom made to order to your desires... and color can be added too! just ask!

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the house, the house, the house is on...

"red fireleaf"

fire red autumn leaves are caught in constant state of spin-spin-spin falling in this one-of-a-kind articulated mobile.

- available in a variety of colors, including a ridiculously cool set of blues, too!

size: approx. 27" tall by 17" wide

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