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A Titan of Art Ascends at Denver Botanic Gardens

May 01, 2017

Guests at Hotel Indigo in Denver can now experience a special art installation at the Denver Botanic Gardens showcasing some of the most dynamic and compelling work of legendary artist Alexander Calder. An American visionary credited with inventing the mobile, a delicate assemblage of shapes that sway and twist in air, Calder was also famous for designing massive fixed sculptures known as stabiles. The stabiles curve through space to interact unexpectedly with the surrounding environment, sometimes as sharp juxtaposition, sometimes as organic extension. Calder was first commissioned to create such sculptures in the 1950s, with memorable examples including .125 for JFK Airport in 1957 and Trois Disques for Expo 67 in Montreal. His most recognizable work, however, is Flamingo, which rises up victoriously in Chicago’s Federal Plaza. As a city that has long prided itself on cultivating the arts, Denver is proud to bring so many works by this titan of American art to our city’s Botanic Gardens for visitors and residents alike to enjoy from now through September.

 

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