23 September 2012

Homage to Calder

If you were asked when the mobile was invented you might probably think I was asking about the telephones. However, in 1931 Marcel Duchamp suggested a word that could be used to describe Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures – and that word was mobile. Since then the word has come to describe many things but Calder’s delicately balanced or suspended components which move in response to motor power or air currents were to become his trademark, much more so than his static, stationary sculptures which he referred to as stabiles.

Animator Sergio Godoy was inspired by Calder after attending his exhibition at Bilbao’s Guggenheim museum back in 2003. There, he discovered that architecture could meet moving sculpture in a very special way. This animation generated purely using 3D CGI tools and it is Godoy’s homage to one of the vanguards of twentieth century modern art. I found it quite mesmerizing.