Calder Foundation


Date 1957
Sheet metal, rod, and paint
300" × 540" × 204"
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, John F. Kennedy International Airport
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Historical Photos  3
Featured Text  1
Calder’s International Monuments by Robert Osborn

Osborn, Robert. “Calder’s International Monuments.” Art in America, vol. 57, no. 2 (March–April 1969).

Chronology  2
9 April 1957

At Waterbury Iron Works in Connecticut, Calder finishes the mobile commissioned by the Port Authority of New York. He initially titles it .125, the gauge of the aluminum elements, although the work is later dubbed Flight. The mobile is placed in a storeroom near the International Arrivals

Building of Idlewild Airport (now John F. Kennedy International Airport), where it is to be installed upon completion of the terminal.

20 September 1957

Calder and Louisa see .125 installed in the International Arrivals Terminal of John F. Kennedy Airport for the first time.

Works / Hanging Mobile 167
Works / Monumental Sculpture 217
Related Timeline
1953–1962 Large-scale Developments and Intercontinental Projects

During a yearlong stay in Aix-en-Provence, Calder executed the first group of large-scale outdoor works and concurrently concentrated on painting gouaches. In 1954–55, he visited the Middle East, India, and South America, with trips to Paris in between, resulting in an astonishing output and range of work. Toward the late 1950s, Calder turned his attention to commissions both at home and abroad.