Sandy Calder was a cheerful, delightful child who never grew up and who became one of America’s great sculptors by giving parties in Paris in the 20’s where he manipulated his small circus animals made from wire. Like Feynman, play was the road he took to insight. When he showed up at Harvard by himself, student organizers wanted to know where his exhibition was. “It’s here,” he said, taking two rolls of wire out of his jacket pockets.
Calder often said he used the solar system as the basis for his hanging mobiles, even if the figures sometimes were animals.
Calder rejected his earlier motorized models in favor of more natural suspensions that moved in the wind, turning his back on industrialization, as have Di Suvero, Talasnik, and Ensamble.
A large Calder hung over Cathy’s living room as a child, and she was given a small Calder when she was born. Calder also painted wonderful colorful circles, one of which we’ve lived with for many years.