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Alexander Calder: Creator of Mobiles
A mobile in the style of Calder.
After having his first one-man show in New York in 1926, Calder traveled to Paris, France, which was then the art capital of the world. In Paris, he began creating small three-dimensional sculptures of circus figures made from wire, wood, and cloth; over the next few years, his works became more and more abstract. Eventually, he designed sculptures with painted elements that moved mechanically, and then went on to produce pieces that moved with the air. He called these free-moving, hanging sculptures "mobiles." He also designed "stabiles," sculptures that stood on the ground upon which a mobile balanced.
By the early 1970s, Calder's mobiles were famous world-wide. His sculptures ranged in size from the monumental to jewelry-sized.
Mobile Art Activities:
For many elementary-level art activities on making mobiles, click here.
The National Gallery of Art, where you can see many of Calder's works.
Many Calder works from Calder.org
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