A Line Of Calders


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  • NewsWorksdiscusses three generations of Alexander Calders—and their indelible contributions to Philadelphia statutory art. Three experts stress the importance of their work, each on display along the Parkway. The timeline begins at City Hall with Alexander Milne Calder’s iconic William Penn statue, and his over 250 finely executed pieces that grace that building’s facades. Next, at Logan Circle, his son Stirling Calder’s “The Fountain of Three Rivers” exudes modernism and stylization. Finally, in the main stairway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, “Sandy” Calder’s 1964 “Ghost” hangs as an exemplar of the kinetic innovation that he is known the world over for—the mobile.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. James F. Clark

    I visited the Cruiser Olympia in the mid 60’s. It sure would be a great thing if the Olympia could be preserved. It seems all we do is trash the past, let’s keep some of it around. I wish I lived in Philly now, I would love to volunteer to work on the ship. Bring back some memories and use some of my old skills again. I have slapped paint on several ships in my time in the service.

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