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Monday, November 01, 2010

Sandy's Circus

An interesting title in our picture book collection is one called Sandy's Circus: A Story about Alexander Calder by Tanya Lee Stone [JP STO].

It chronicles the work of the artist, Alexander Calder, who built a whole world out of wire and found objects (a.k.a. junk). Calder started by sketching the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus for an American newspaper. When he moved to Paris, he took his love of the circus with him, but, instead of sketching, he turned to wire sculpture, "Sandy rode through the streets of Paris on his orange bicycle. He carried a roll of wire around his shoulder and a pair of pliers in his pocket."

Calder's circus grew so large, it filled five suitcases, and, it actually worked! To see some of Calder's circus, Cirque Calder, visit the Whitney Museum of American Art website. Or visit the Calder Foundation website for more information on Calder.

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