Calder Foundation

John D. Rockefeller

Date c. 1927
Wire and wood
17 1⁄4" × 9" × 18 1⁄2"
Art Institute of Chicago; Gift of Mrs. Frederic C. Bartlett, 1963
Works / Wire Sculpture 76
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1926–1930 Wire Sculpture and the Circus

Soon after moving to Paris in 1926, Calder created his Cirque Calder. Made of wire and a spectrum of found materials, the Cirque was a work of performance art that gained Calder an introduction to the Parisian avant-garde. He continued to explore his invention of wire sculpture, whereby he “drew” with wire in three dimensions the portraits of friends, animals, circus themes, and personalities of the day.