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Calder in his Roxbury, Connecticut, studio, 1941
Alexander Calder in his Roxbury, Connecticut, studio, 1941, The Alexander and Louisa Calder Foundation, New York



Calder is perhaps best known for his mobiles and stabiles. In numerous interviews, he described the delicate and precise mechanical process for the construction of a mobile, beginning with the smallest elements and working toward the larger ones. For each part he made constant adjustments, finding the perfect point of balance to ensure the greatest possible motion.


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