Senate and Google Celebrate Calder’s Birthday

Senate and Google Celebrate Calder's Birthday

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of American artist Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976). It’s a version of his famous hanging mobile sculptures (if you have HTML5, it moves). Here in Washington, Mr. Calder is celebrated every day by the United States Senate.

The 90-foot-tall atrium in the Hart Senate Office Building is dominated by a huge metal sculpture, Mountains and Clouds, the last creation of the renowned artist, who died the day after presenting the model to the Architect of the Capitol. The work was designed especially for the asymmetrical nine-story atrium space. It is the only Calder work to feature both of the artist’s trademark inventions, a hanging “mobile” (the four “clouds,” two tons of them, turned in random patterns by a computer-controlled motor) and a “stabile,” or “standing mobile,” four huge black triangular mountains with arched legs which rise 51 feet to five ominous sharp black peaks.

Happy Birthday, Sandy Calder.

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Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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