Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Photoblogging: Calder Goes Mobile

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How do you move a huge Alexander Calder sculpture? Verrrry carefully. Even if it's only going two blocks.


Alex said...

When the Art Gallery of Ontario moved their five-and-a-half ton Henry Moore bronze sculpture ("Two Large Forms") eight feet south, it took them two days to do it. Three years later, when the architectural extension was done, it took them two days to move it back again.

samael7 said...

Several years ago now, SFMOMA had a phenomenally good Calder exhibit. They had his still sculptures, mobiles, conceptual sketches, and some of his bent-wire stuff too.

They also had a copy of a film that was taken of his bent-wire mini-circus, with working acrobats, human cannonballs, lion tamers, and other whimsies, which blew my mind.

I think his sclupture "International" is still hanging in the main atrium, which is big enough to house that enormous mobile.

In any case, I can't even begin to express how happy the exhibit made me and how much (more) I grew to appreciate his work after having seen them up close.

z7q2 said...

See, I think they should park that at an odd angle in front of the building there and leave the hazard blinkers on and display it like that for a few weeks. That's rather refreshing.

Karen Zipdrive said...

You gotta wonder how many commuters knew what it was.