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Big Crinkly

Big Crinkly, 1969
Alexander Calder (1898­–1976)

Alexander Calder is best known for his hanging, mobile sculptures. His interest in movement was manifested in his early figurative wire sculptures, which have a playful, mechanical sensibility akin to wind-up toys.

Some of his subsequent abstract sculptures are operated with cranks and pulleys, but his real breakthrough came with his invention of hanging sculpture, which he called “mobiles.” Calder's mobiles consist of abstract shapes connected by wires, and they move freely with the air currents in a room.


de Young Art & Architecture Tour Package

sphinx in front of de Young tower
August 9, 2014 - 2:00pm
August 23, 2014 - 2:00pm
September 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
September 20, 2014 - 2:00pm
October 4, 2014 - 2:00pm
October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm
November 1, 2014 - 2:00pm
November 15, 2014 - 2:00pm

Enjoy a visit to the de Young and reserve your spot on a docent-led tour covering the museum’s rich history, its stunning architecture, and a selection of the masterpieces it holds.

Price includes the tour, a general admission ticket, and 20% off in the Museum Café.

Tours begin promptly at 2 pm. Discounts may not apply


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