Pairing steel with locally sourced Indiana limestone and quartz, Tommy Reddicks crafted, "Choices" as two contradictory mobiles. Representing the traditional theatrical comedy and tragedy masks, these stone mobiles were designed to blend into the natural landscape, but offer both whimsey and curiosity when found.
"It's really a simple thing. Both faces represent our choices. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. The same is true for negativity and pessimism. But, when we measure our choices in a comfortable, inviting place, hopefully the outcome is more positive, even if for just a little while." -Tommy Reddicks
Through the help of KIB and Scenic Construction Services, the mobiles now hang from reclaimed telephone poles. From a distance, the poles appear to be tree trunks, blending in with the variety of Oaks, Maples, Cottonwoods, and Sycamores. But, when you look closer, the poles reveal their true purpose. Each stone hanging in the mobiles has been drilled to house a steel or cable connector, each one supporting the next along the mouth. Individual stones were chosen for the mobiles from a much larger selection after aligning to measurements for size and balance. The end result has the illusion of making the heavy forms appear to be floating in the air.
"Choices" was completed and installed on May 3, 2017. Pictures of the origins and build process are included below.