wire and sheet metal with oil paint
335 x 444.5 cm approx.
National Gallery of Canada (no. 18812)
© Alexander Calder Estate / ADAGP (Paris) / SODRAC (Montreal)
Alexander Calder's invention of the mobile liberated sculpture from a static base, setting it in motion. These abstract forms are inspired by the jacaranda tree, which the artist saw during a visit to Brazil. Hints of the long, graceful branches and leaves can be seen in the carefully balanced wires and floating forms.