Alexander Calder was so inspiring to me while I was at KU that I nearly gave up on the “flat” medium of web and print to follow in his footsteps. His use of the “mobile” is so amazingly delicate and beautiful, while his large installation sculpture is mind blowing. The fact that his work is so different, but manages to find a common unifying thought is truly unique.
Alexander Calder (1898-1976), whose illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century, is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time. Born in a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists, Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art. He began by developing a new method of sculpting: by bending and twisting wire, he essentially “drew” three-dimensional figures in space. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheet steel. Today, these stately titans grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.
Alexander Calder Website (Text pulled from here)