Five Disks: One Empty

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© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Alexander Calder, American, 1898–1976
© 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Alexander Calder, American, 1898–1976

Five Disks: One Empty, 1969–70

Painted mild steel
The John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection, Princeton University
y1969-126

Five Disks: One Empty, 1969–70

Painted mild steel
The John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection, Princeton University
y1969-126

Calder designed this monumental sculpture especially for Princeton. For a short time the disks were painted orange to honor Princeton’s colors, but the artist gave instructions to have them blackened after his visit to campus in 1971. Most famous for his kinetic sculptures, or "mobiles," he also imbued his stationary "stabiles" (a term suggested by the artist Hans Arp) with a sense of movement and lightness.