Calder's Mountains and Clouds

March 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The primary feature of the gigantic atrium in the Hart Senate Office Building is a huge sculpture and mobile by Alexander Calder. I see it everyday when I go to work. It's the kind of place where people meet at work: "Want to go to lunch? Sure! Okay, let's meet at Mountains and Clouds".

Alexander CalderEnclosed Mountains and Clouds

We had a Calder when I was a student at MIT as well (see here). I really liked that one too, but it didn't also have a mobile. In fact, I think Mountains and Clouds is Calder's only sculpture with an accompanying mobile. It may be his only mobile that isn't colorful. (Example here.) He died before it was built, so no one knows if the mobile was supposed to be colorful.

Alexander CalderInterior Mountains and Clouds


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