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Transcript of Alexander Calder
1. Create a "map" to plan out your mobile.
2. Draw out shapes to create stencils.
3. Trace around your stencils onto aluminum or thin cardboard.
4. Lay out shapes to match your "map."
5. Begin attaching shapes using wire from the bottom up.
Project: Create a Mobile in the style of Alexander Calder
In short, although Calder has no desire to imitate anything—his one aim is to create chords and cadences of unknown movements—his mobiles are at once lyrical inventions, technical, almost mathematical combinations and the perceptible symbol of Nature: great elusive Nature, squandering pollen and abruptly causing a thousand butterflies to take wing…
Yellow Disk, 1953, painted steel
Works of Art
aluminum and steel
needle nose pliers
6. Balance each object using
the balance tool in the video.
7. Put your sculpture together
piece by piece until you work
your way to the top.
8. Paint each piece in a color
"I think best in wire"
Calder created face sculptures in wire and also his own jewelry.
Inspired by Miro
In 1975 Calder was commissioned to paint this BMW.
More Alexander Calder Artwork