Otter Mobile Nancy and Joseph Bower, Martha's
Vineyard, Mass Sheet steel 9 Depth
Installed August 12, 1992
While swimming in Janes Cove in Marthas Vineyard,
my husband and I found ourselves surrounded and swimming with half
a dozen river Otters. At first I was very nervous, but after a while
they appeared to be quite harmless and even friendly.
When I was commissioned to do a sculpture for a
cathedral roofed home on the Vineyard, I decided that an otter mobile
was the appropriate thing to create.
By chance there are air ducts heating and cooling
the home where the mobile is hung, so when the ducts are on, they
produce just enough air to turn the otters so they appear to be
playing with each other.