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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Artist Influence- Alexander Calder

After my tutorial on Friday Phil directed me to look at the artist Alexander Calder for his moving sculptures as a possible influence and solution to movement in my futurist garden.

Alexander Calder, by Carl Van Vechten, 1947 

20th century artist, Calder, was an American sculptor. He is well known as the creator of the kinetic sculpture of the mobile which moves due to motor or air current power. His works are highly abstract and use synthetic materials such as thick plastics.

Here are some examples of his interactive sculptures:

 

 

 

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RzGX4x55Bz0/TwnvyAf1xGI/AAAAAAAAH0w/28tCja_bGuw/s400/alexandercalder12.jpg 

http://www.angry-agent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Alexander-Calder-mobile-metal-sculpture-elephant-1024x768.jpg 

http://the189.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Mobiles-Stabiles-and-Sculptures-by-Alexander-Calder-5.jpg

I really wanted to know what his kinetic sculptures looked like in actual motion rather than just looking at still photographs because it would help me relate this to animation in maya and figuring out the layout in my designs. I found a video on YouTube which showed his work in action.

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