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|Calder room at National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.|
Alexander Calder (1846-1923) was born to a family of sculptors. He is best known for his colorful, whimsical abstract public sculptures and his innovative mobiles, kinetic sculptures powered by motors or air currents. I found it interesting that Calder studied to be an engineer at the Stevens Institute of Technology before attending the Art Students League in New York. It was the French artist Marcel Duchamp who christened Calder's hanging sculptures "mobiles." To create these mobiles, Calder cut sheet metal into various shapes and assembled these elements in a chain-linked system so that the flat metal pieces move in response to currents of air. Many of his mobiles use bold, primary colors. Others like the one below are black.
|Mobile by Alexander Calder|
I found a number of online articles that describe how to create a "Calder mobile. Some of the articles are geared toward adults, but there are directions available for activities with students in upper elementary through high school.
Since momentum is the force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes, I had to find a way to make that happen in my earrings. Just as Calder used chain to create motion in his mobiles, my earring design made use of black and brown chain. Both of those colors are in the ceramics I selected by Marsha Neal Studio. The beige ceramics have a gray that shows through in the handmade ceramics. Some brass beads and tiny seed beads dangle from chain and create momentum. These earrings are available for purchase in my online store.
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