Hanging Mobile for U.S. Marine Corps Youth Center: Atrium Fabric Art

Banner Art Studio is pleased to announce completion of a large scale abstract suspended installation for the entryway of the new Youth Center at the Marine Corps Base in Oahu, Hawaii.

The 3/4-inch model our studio built for the mobile is pictured in a previous post.

The final installation has 6 multi-colored pieces of fabric mobile art suspended at one point in the Center’s entryway, where all children, visitors, youth and staff pass through on their way into and out of the building. The colorful, freshly completed entryway as it appeared prior to the mobile installation is pictured below.

The mobile compliments the newly built Center’s architectural aesthetics. It is designed to hang just below the skylight pictured below, where its translucent pieces will catch the natural daylight. The mobile is beautifully balanced to move rhythmically with the air currents inside the Center. We anxiously await photos of the newly installed mobile!


Artist Mettje Swift worked with architectural plans, photos of the interior, an understanding of the ventilation systems and natural airflow in the building, and her knowledge of the people who will use the space to produce the final product. Colors and shapes were chosen in collaboration with the client and make reference to indigenous American Southwestern art. Themes inspiring the mobile include the high desert plateau and the paintings, textiles and pottery of the Native American Navajo and Hopi tribes.

The Youth Center at Kaneohe Bay is a chartered member organization of the Boys and Girls Club of America. It provides care and services to the children of Military families living on the U.S. Marine Corps Base in Oahu, Hawaii. Programs are offered to youth 1-17 years of age, including before and after school care, day camp, sports camps, and classes in music, karate and the arts. The Center provides structured full day care during school breaks and holidays. The Center focuses on providing quality care and enriching the lives of school age children and teens.

Banner Art Studio fabricates the custom designs of Mettje Swift and her graphic designers to create suspended fabric art for cities, municipal governments, cultural organizations, public art programs, non-profit agencies, corporations, residences and the military. Banner Art Studio’s custom fabric applique banners, art and architectural interior suspended works beautify building interiors and decorate city streets. The Studio’s workmanship includes light pole banners, across the street banners, hanging kinetic mobile art, interior decorative banners, and atrium hanging art. The Studio produces large quantities as well as one-of-a-kind products for its customers across the U.S. and the world.

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