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Flamingo

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 September 2019 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Flamingo, created by noted American artist Alexander Calder, is a 53-foot tall stabile located in the Federal Plaza in front of the Kluczynski Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois. It was commissioned by the United States General Services Administration and was unveiled in 1974, although Calder's signature on the sculpture indicates it was constructed in 1973.

Flamingo weighs 50 tons, is composed of steel, and is vermilion in color. Calder gave the stabile its color, which has come to be called "Calder red", to offset it from the black and steel surroundings of nearby office buildings, including the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed Kluczynski Federal Building. The stabile is an art form which Calder pioneered. It is an abstract structure that is completely stationary, as opposed to a mobile, which can move with air currents.

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center when the dawn of the "new normal" was reality. A day we will never forget.

Photo captured March 28, 2019.

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Ginnie from Netherlands

I can't believe I've not seen this before, Steven! It certainly stands out like a sore thumb...just like 9/11 does in our memories. Actually, this stabile is not like a sore thumb in the sense of its unique beauty, only in that it "stands out."

11 Sep 2019 5:26am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Stunning sculpture. From that attack, 'I remembered an image that will never be forgotten. It was like the sum of all evil.

11 Sep 2019 5:36am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

C'est immense !

11 Sep 2019 5:40am

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

A really amazing work of art.

11 Sep 2019 6:21am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

First I believed I was in La Defense, Paris, where there is a similar sculpture of Calder ;-)
it's a sad anniversary today !

11 Sep 2019 6:34am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

This is great and cool!

11 Sep 2019 6:37am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Lovely capture of this beautiful piece of art.

11 Sep 2019 7:04am

yo from Ile de France, France

Impressionnante sculpture !
Triste jour que personne n'oubliera...

11 Sep 2019 7:41am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I wonder if this artist did not intervene in France, in Paris, in the "La Défense" district where there are some works that look very similar. Very nice framing.

11 Sep 2019 8:24am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle statue! j'aime

11 Sep 2019 8:31am

Anne from France

Immense statue!

11 Sep 2019 8:59am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent capture of this imposing sculpture which does live up to its name

11 Sep 2019 9:15am

omid from mashhad, Iran

A M A Z I N G !!!!!

11 Sep 2019 9:21am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Wonderful to see the contrast.

11 Sep 2019 9:57am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

This is just magnificent Steven. A real interesting image. 5*

11 Sep 2019 11:36am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

great artist !

11 Sep 2019 11:37am

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Une sculpture impressionnante et superbement mise en image!

11 Sep 2019 12:30pm

Rose from CLINTON, United States

It is hard to believe it was that long ago...this is one of those things that we will all remember where we were when we heard the news.

11 Sep 2019 12:30pm

Bill from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Amazing structure. The red stands out against the building.

11 Sep 2019 12:34pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A fantastic art work that fits with the buildings behind it .

11 Sep 2019 1:06pm

willy from Belgium

une sculpture abstraite qui me plait beaucoup Steven


9 /11 , une journée tragique qu'on ne peut oublier..

greetings

11 Sep 2019 1:06pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

What a nice shot!

11 Sep 2019 1:29pm

Roland Theys from gerpinnes, Belgium

A fantastic art work, good photo Steven

11 Sep 2019 2:02pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The color and shape really pops. I will never forget 9/11

11 Sep 2019 2:43pm

Devi from Chennai, India

a beautiful piece of art...
Yes..who can forget that terrible day ! Hope God punishes all such evil minded people !!

11 Sep 2019 3:12pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique oeuvre d'art tout en rouge sur la place et ces édifices excellent
Amitié

11 Sep 2019 3:49pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Imposante sculpture , vraiment superbe. J'aime la façon dont elle se démarque.

11 Sep 2019 5:06pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Absolutely amazing in it’s construction and color. WOW!

11 Sep 2019 5:59pm

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Rho.....superbe !!!

11 Sep 2019 6:06pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien ce rouge

11 Sep 2019 6:13pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

I can imagine this is even more impressive in person. I wonder what the chances would be today of this piece of art being built?

11 Sep 2019 6:44pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Very interesting, looks like an anchor to me though.
Are you going to show us Kapoor's Cloud Gate one day?
I have seen some of his sculptures in London too.
Of course, not as big as Cloud Gate. ;)

11 Sep 2019 8:07pm

@London Caller: There have been lots of photos of Cloud Gate. Click HERE to see the photos posted to date.

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

I have always been a fan of Alexander Calder but I have never seen this sculpture before. It is stunning. It is very gorgeous. Beautifully photographed.

11 Sep 2019 10:06pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

well, of course Calder was famous for his mobiles, so it is reasonable that he distinguishes his non-movable art with a tag like "stabile," but I don't really think he pioneered non-moving abstract art. I don't remember the Daley Plaza Picasso moving very much, and I would consider it abstract, and it was installed in 1967. But perhaps I miss a distinction important in the art world - it wouldn't be the first time. As a photo, I think you capture the sculpture well, though the blond woman in the lower right corner is not really a positive element.

12 Sep 2019 1:47am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb composition with this sculpture !

12 Sep 2019 9:10am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

I've never seen that - it's amazing - LOVE your photo!! Well done!

13 Sep 2019 2:13am

Remus from Portugal

Flamingo ... will be a somewhat irrational name for sculpture. Even with all the imagination of the world, I can't see a flamingo in the sculpture. I think it will be closer to a scorpion than a flamingo.
:-P

13 Sep 2019 2:30pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

what an amazing sculpture

love the vivid red

14 Sep 2019 5:51pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wow. I would have never imagined "flamingo".

22 Sep 2019 12:10am