2 Responses to “Homage to Alexander Calder”
November 30, 2006 10:33 AM
In 1959 Calder was taken to the future capital of Brasil that was being construct by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, wich becomes world-wide known as Brasilia. The idea was that Calder constructed there a great sculpture – what better place to show a sculpture than the futuristic city that was born? The project of Calder was for a sculpture of 15 meters of height that, however, never was carried through. The convivence of Calder with Brazil was always very close, as much that already at 1948 the American sculptor showed for the first time his works in Rio de Janeiro. With brazilians Calder learned to dance samba, the typical Brazilian musical rhythm. In the decade of 50, Calder created in the United States some objects that he called “samba rattles”, that he used to play at his parties.
The brilliant of the workmanship of Calder is that his mobiles play with the idea of the movement in artistic objects and, by the movement, Calder introduced the notion of the time in the works of art. Currently about 90 works of Calder are being shown in an important exibition in Rio De Janeiro. In Brazil we love Calder!
November 29, 2006 9:33 PM
Hey, I’ve seen this one before! It’s in Grand Rapids, MI. Until now, I never knew who created it.