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Alexander Calder
July 25

Born on July 22, 1898, Alexander Calder is best known for his 'mobiles' and 'stabiles', colorful works of sculpture seen around the world in public plazas and squares. In the 1920s however, Calder created a miniature version of a lifelong fascination... the circus. What began for his own amusement, soon grew to include performances that entertained a circle of friends including Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, Fernand Léger, and Joan Miró. With much excitement and fanfare, Calder would operate tiny circus performers, animals, and trapeze artists fashioned from bits of wire and cloth in a whimsical circus spectacle... much to the delight of all!


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