this was the “music” – Varèse
liked ballet (but not “music”)
I called it “A Merry Can
The present work, Untitled, circa 1940 is a culmination of this ten year experimentation with sound, a fully realized, large scale standing mobile which in addition to its balance and movement collides to make “music”, a cacophony of sound, movement and color.
Calder’s legacy with music and sound-making sculptures continued throughout the following decades of his career. The 1950s and 1960s, brought the creation of the elaborate, large scale Gong mobiles which included small metallic hammers that strike the metal plates at random when the mobile moves, further focusing on this aural dimension.
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