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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder, Blue Moon Over the Steeple, 1965

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976)
Blue Moon Over the Steeple 1965
Sheet metal, wire, paint
Gift of Edward Joseph Gallagher, Jr. in memory of Edward Joseph Gallagher, Ann Hay Gallagher, and Edward Joseph Gallagher III
1969.001.003a-b

Originally trained as an engineer, Alexander Calder’s scientific interest in balance and precision caused him to experiment with new artistic forms such as the mobile (suspended moving sculpture) and stabile (mobile fixed to a stationary object). Blue Moon Over the Steeple incorporates elements of both mobiles and stabiles; the suspended, painted discs are delicately balanced on the peak of the “steeple” and revolve easily in an irregular circle.