Red, Yellow, White

by Alexander Calder, 1961

About the art

This is one of the more historically significant pieces at the library—a mobile from the man who invented the mobile. Alexander Calder was a well-known artist and engineer in his day, making a name for himself in the Parisian art scene with his kinetic sculptures, which Marcel Duchamp dubbed “mobiles.” Calder’s works were known for their primary colors, and that characteristic effect is on display here. This mobile features 15 triangular metal pieces in red, yellow and white, connected by red steel wire rods and all delicately hung from the ceiling by one little wire.

Donated by an anonymous donor