MOMA Calder

In San Francisco, California.

A mobile by Alexander Calder at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

A few interesting facts about Calder, courtesy of Wikipedia (of course):

  • His grandfather sculpted the statue of William Penn at the top of Philadelphia’s City Hall.
  • His father was a renowned sculptor as well, also with landmark works in Philly (among many other places)
  • Calder graduated from college with a mechanical engineering degree.

Given his sculptor’s bloodline and his engineering training, it was pretty much a fait accompli he’d ultimately be best known for his kinetic works and very large steel sculptures, personifying the art of science and the science of art.

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