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Immobile Mobile for Eight Hanging Banners, 1975 - Present
Alexander “Sandy” Calder (American, 1898 – 1976)

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Immobile Mobile for Eight Hanging Banners, 1975 - Present
Alexander “Sandy” Calder (American, 1898 – 1976)

Collection of Equity Commonwealth
Commissioned by Jack Wolgin

Shortly before his death in 1976, Alexander “Sandy” Calder was invited to create a series of large, colorful banners for a new development at 1500 Market Street. Along with Claes Oldenburg’s Clothespin and Jean DuBuffet’s Milord La Chamarre, Calder’s banners were commissioned for Centre Square as part of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s Percent for Art Program. After several years on view in the lobby, the banners were removed in the early 1980s, ostensibly for cleaning, stored in plastic bins, and subsequently lost somewhere in the office building. They were rediscovered and temporarily re-presented at the Free Library in 2009.

Immobile Mobile for Eight Hanging Banners was originally fabricated as a steel mobile armature from which to hang Calder’s banners, but was moved to the Centre Square parking garage after being deemed too heavy for the atrium roof. The banners were ultimately displayed using an alternative hanging method. Indicative of the artist’s signature bent-wire forms, the work is in many ways more representative of the artist’s oeuvre than the banners it was designed to support. Sitting since 1975, the sculpture has served as a permanent space-saver in a second level sub-basement parking garage purgatory.

Immobile Mobile for Eight Hanging Banners rests today as an obstacle. It inhibits retrieval of a 16’ ladder and encumbers access to pallets of paving stones. It once fell victim to a wayward yellow paint striping crew and has witnessed a boxed-wine-fueled bacchanalia or two. It is an immobile mobile amongst the automobiles.































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