Saturday, November 22, 2008
The Flamingo [ By Alexander Calder]
Sculptor: Alexander Calder
53' high X 29' wide X 60' length..
Location: Chicago Federal Plaza
This sculpture titled "Flamingo" is made by Alexander Calder, one of the most eminent sculptors of the 20th century American art... It's brilliant color and graceful curves are a great contrast to the three black and blocky buildings surrounding it ... All the three Federal buildings are designed by Mies Van Der Rohe ... "The sculpture was received in a public ceremony never before nor since equaled in scale nor in fanfare".
The Alexander Calder signature..
Below we see the indoor small scale replica, also called the "Flamingo"... and in the outside, the original sculpture can be seen..
The small scale replica can be seen in the Loop post office ... It was installed the next year in 1975 ... The small replica is created specifically for the enjoyment of visually impared. The model is meant to be touched ... it was reduced to one-tenth of the size of the original stabile. Both the original and the replica in painted in the same color, bright "Calder red".
Alexander Calder has created many sculptures for open spaces throught the world and is most famous for inventing mobile sculptures ... also known as "kinetic art" ... However the Flamingo is an example of "stabile art"..
The Chicago Federal Center, comprises of three buildings..the Everett McKinley Dirksen Building, the John C. Kluczynski Building, and the Loop Post Office ...