This year, 2016, marks the 40th anniversary of Alexander Calder’s death, who has been one of the greatest American artists. I did this illustration as a little homage to his work.
Calder redefined sculpture by introducing the element of movement, especially with hanging works called "mobiles." In addition to his abstract mobiles, Calder also created static sculptures, called "stabiles," as well as paintings, jewelry, theater sets, and costumes.
Calder shifted from figurative linear sculptures in wire to abstract forms in motion by creating the first mobiles. Composed of pivoting lengths of wire counterbalanced with thin metal fins, the appearance of the entire piece was randomly arranged and rearranged in space by chance simply by the air moving the individual parts.