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Image of untitled (The Red Cone) 12999

2003.11.21

Artist

Alexander Calder

Title

untitled (The Red Cone)

Creation Date

1949

Century

mid-20th century

Dimensions

18 in. x 3 1/2 in. x 18 in. (45.72 cm x 8.89 cm x 45.72 cm)

Object Type

sculpture

Creation Place

North America, American

Medium and Support

painted metal

Credit Line

Bequest of William H. Alexander, in memory of his friend, Frederick H. Wilke, M.D., Chief of Pediatrics at St. Lukes Hospital, New York

Copyright

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Accession Number

2003.11.21
Alexander Calder harnessed one of nature’s fundamental forces—gravity—to create his kinetic, yet balanced “drawings in space.” With a mechanical engineering degree, Calder understood the physics of objects’ movements. This knowledge sparked his invention of the moving sculpture, termed the “mobile” by Marcel Duchamp. The mobiles are comprised of colorful pieces of sheet metal, delicately dangling on monofilament. The sculptures’ oscillation constantly transforms the viewers’ experience of the work.

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