Butterfly Mobile

A mobile by the Stuttgart artist rosalie characterises one of the inner courtyards of the new children’s hospital “Olgäle” in Stuttgart. A total of 24 butterflies are suspended from the roof. The tallest one hovers a full 25 m above the courtyard floor. The colourful little animals are made of painted stainless steel, have a diameter of almost one metre and weigh 24 kg each.

Werner Sobek supported the artist in this work with the supporting structure.

A Butterfly for Every Continent

Rosalie’s butterflies come in six colours and shapes, referring to the six continents that also run through the orientation system of the children’s hospital.

The Stuttgart artist rosalie, born Gudrun Müller in Gemmringen in 1953, died in 2017 at the age of 64. Werner Sobek worked closely with rosalie time and again and supported her projects, such as the “Sky Wing” in Nuremberg, the “Kinetic Light Sculpture” in Hamburg and the “Butterfly Mobile” in the Olgäle Hospital in Stuttgart.


rosalie, Stuttgart/Germany

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Services by Werner Sobek
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Olgäle Foundation, Stuttgart/Germany

Wolfram Janzer, Stuttgart/Germany

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