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Painted steel and aluminum
Overall: 77.5 cm (30 1/2 in.)
Gift of The Halle Bros. Co. 1961.195
© Estate of Alexander Calder / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Alexander 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. Calder's mobiles are often suspended from the ceiling, but here the mobile hangs on top of a black support structure. Both the spiral and irregular loops of the mobile are recurring forms in Calder's sculptural work.
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