Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Cirque Calder - Automata and Puppet Circus

I posted recently about film footage of Alexander Calder's Automaton / Puppet Circus that he called Cirque Calder. Here is the second half of the short film.

This section features some mechanical dogs with uncanny movements, a gun-shooting lion tamer, a chariot race, and a trapeze act. I wonder how much he had to practice to get all of these tricks to work!

This book covers the Cirque Calder in detail: Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933 (Whitney Museum of American Art)

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