Start in the atrium, facing the 1916 building.
Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976)
Aluminum sheet, iron wire, and paint, Overall: 45.8 x 160 x 198 cm (18 1/16 x 63 x 77 15/16 in.). Gift of Mrs. Odette Valabrègue Wurzburger in memory of her late husband, Paul D. Wurzburger 1999.194
Calder’s training as a mechanical engineer reinforced his lifelong interest in moving objects and inspired him to invent the mobile, a new type of sculpture that ranks among the most innovative discoveries in modern art. Often suspended from the ceiling and set in motion by currents of air as in the case here, Calder’s mobiles slowly revolve as if approximating the behavior of planetary systems.
MOCA Cleveland (6/9/2006 - 8/20/2006): "The Persistence of Geometry: Form, Content and Culture in the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art", no. 83, p. 120, color repr. p. 103.
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