Detail View

The D and the Delta
Date: 1962
Dimensions: Overall: 36 in. x 15 ft. x 60 in. (91.4 x 457.2 x 152.4 cm)
Medium: painted iron
Credit Line: Director's Fund Purchase
Label Text: The D and the Delta is a classic Calder mobile. A mobile is a kinetic (moving) sculpture constructed of painted sheet metal cutouts attached to curved rods that move either with motors or simple air currents. Educated as a mechanical engineer, Calder was always fascinated by objects in motion and strove to incorporate movement and the element of time in his art. Comprised of eleven irregular shapes painted in basic black, this work was named for the two largest shapes which resemble the letter D and the Greek Delta symbol (?), the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet.
Object Number: 1968/9.30
Currently on view