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When Calder's family learned about the birth certificate, they reasserted with certainty that city officials had made a mistake. Calder's grandfather, sculptor Alexander Milne Calderwas born in Scotland, had immigrated to Philadelphia inand is best known for the colossal statue of William Penn on top of Philadelphia City Hall 's tower.
His father, Alexander Stirling Calderwas a well-known sculptor who created many public installations, a majority of them in nearby Philadelphia.
Calder's parents married on February 22, ; his sister, Mrs. That same year he also completed his earliest sculpture, a clay elephant. The windowed cellar of the family home became Calder's first studio and he received his first set of tools. He used scraps of copper wire that he found in the street to make jewelry for his sister's dolls.
On January 1,Nanette Calder took her son to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, where he observed a four-horse-chariot race. This style of event later became the finale of Calder's miniature circus performances. The sculptures are three-dimensional and the duck is kinetic because it rocks when gently tapped.
Calder described it, "We ran the train on wooden rails held by spikes; a chunk of iron racing down the incline speeded [ sic ] the cars. We even lit up some cars with candle lights". While living in Spuyten Duyvil, Calder attended high school in nearby Yonkers.
InStirling Calder was appointed acting chief of the Department of Sculpture of the Panama—Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California and began work on sculptures for the exposition that was held in During Calder's high school years —the family moved back and forth between New York and California.
In each new location, Calder's parents reserved cellar space as a studio for their son. Toward the end of this period, Calder stayed with friends in California while his parents moved back to New York, so that he could graduate from Lowell High School in San Francisco.
Calder graduated with the class of An intuitive engineer since childhood, Calder did not even know what mechanical engineering was. This is certainly the index to the man's character in this case, for he is one of the best natured fellows there is. In JuneCalder found work as a mechanic on the passenger ship H.
While the ship sailed from San Francisco to New York City, Calder slept on deck and awoke one early morning off the Guatemalan Coast and witnessed both the sun rising and the full moon setting on opposite horizons.
He described in his autobiography, "It was early one morning on a calm sea, off Guatemala, when over my couch—a coil of rope—I saw the beginning of a fiery red sunrise on one side and the moon looking like a silver coin on the other.
Alexander docked in San Francisco and Calder traveled up to Aberdeen, Washingtonwhere his sister lived with her husband, Kenneth Hayes. Calder took a job as a timekeeper at a logging camp. The mountain scenery inspired him to write home to request paints and brushes.
Shortly after this, Calder decided to move back to New York to pursue a career as an artist. Calder became fascinated with the action of the circusa theme that would reappear in his later work.
They married in Leger wrote a preface for the catalogue of Calder's first exhibition of abstract constructions held at the Galerie Percier in In Alexander and Louisa Calder traveled around in India for three months, where Calder produced nine sculptures as well as some jewelry.
He donated to the town a sculpture, which since has been situated in the town square. Throughout his artistic career, Calder named many of his works in French, regardless of where they were destined for eventual display. InCalder published his Autobiography with Pictures with the help of his son-in-law, Jean Davidson.
Calder died unexpectedly on November 11, of a heart attack,  shortly after the opening of a major retrospective show at the Whitney Museum in New York. Sculpture[ edit ] Hi! Two Acrobats by Alexander Calder, c.
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