Sheet metal, bolts and paint
Calder Foundation, New York, USA
In contrast to his many mobiles, Calder created many stabiles, constructed of interacting shaped planes of bolted sheet metal, predominantly in a single colour. Calder’s first larger-scale stabile, Devil Fish is formed of combinations of curved biomorphic shapes creating a swirling sense of movement.
Surrealism, Kinetic Art
Born: 22 July 1898, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 11 November 1976, New York, USA
Calder was a sculptor who redefined sculpture by introducing movement, through performances of his mechanical Calder’s Circus, motorizes works, and his mobiles. He also created static sculptures he called ‘stabiles’ as well as paintings, jewellery, theatre sets and costumes