Alexander Calder’s amazing iconic works are displayed all over the world – from Australia to Venezuela to Sweden and beyond. This one from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis caught my attention. Although not one of his large-scale public works it is a wonder to me. The shapes and the nature of the curves speak to me of the golden mean and the wonderful symmetry normally seen only in nature.
Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976), also known as Sandy Calder, was an American sculptor and artist born into a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists. He is most famous for inventing the Mobile: by bending and twisting wire, he essentially “drew” three-dimensional figures in space, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheet steel. Today, these large scale works grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.