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My favorite item by Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is the monumental stainless stole sculpture that he developed for Expo 67 in Montreal, known as guy (originally entitled three Disks, Calder changed the surname to guy in order come compliment the design template of the exposition). The international Nickel firm of Canada commissioned Calder in respectable of 1966 to produce the piece.The sculpture was fabricated under Calder"s supervision in ~ the Biemont Foundry in Tours, France, whereby he produced numerous of his large-scale works. The boilermakers who operated at the foundry, created the final piece by scaling-up Calder"s maquette that the sculpture (see actual maquette below).Upon perfect of fabrication, the sculpture was damaged down and packed into 12 wood crates for distribution to Canada via boat. Unfortunately, once the sculpture to be unpacked in Montréal, that was discovered that exposure come the saline air during delivery had led to brownish stains to appear on the metal. In stimulate to remove the damage ithad to it is in sandblasted,which provided the sculpture the matte end up that we check out today. The item was unveiled in ~ the Expoand donated to the citizen of Montréal on may 17, 1967.The finished "stabile" (non-kinetic) sculpture to be the biggest Calder had created at the time, measuring 65" x 83" x "53.The sculpture was relocated in 1991 indigenous its original location near the Scandinavian Pavilion to Belvedere lookout top top the north shore the Île Ste. Hélène.
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A time capsule sealed beneath this plaque, located at the foot that Calder"s male sculpture, is come be opened by the market of Montreal on might 17, 2067, the 100th anniversary that its dedication.


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