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Blue Feather


Alexander Calder, Blue Feather, c. 1948. Sheet metal, wire, paint. 42" x 55" x 18". Private Collection.

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© 2002 Estate of Alexander Calder / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission.

The shapes in Blue Feather have been so abstracted that, instead of literally depicting a bird, the piece suggests natural concepts such as floating, soaring wind, wings, feathers, clouds. Blue Feather combines Calder's two most important inventions — the mobile and the stabile. The interconnected lines and positive shapes in the piece interact with the negative spaces around them. The upper portion of the sculpture moves, causing the work to change from minute to minute.
— "Flying Sculptures,"
Scholastic Art


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