Working in the third dimension (with mostly primary colors or black and white) Calder was able to bring joy and fun into his artwork (6). Although his mobiles are merely metal plates attached to moving wires, he was able to create complex, endlessly fascinating kinetic sequences through the use of balance and abstraction (PBS ONLINE).
In a time of relentless artistic upheaval, Alexander Calder's vision of modern art concerned itself with a somewhat taboo topic in the world of art - fun. Calder ignored the formal structure of art, and in doing so, redefined what art could be (PBS ONLINE). His muse was the cosmos, as he would draw first inspiration fromaE the universe and it's mechanicsaE (Baal-Teshuva 75). When looking at "GhostaE it is easy to feel as though you are looking into a man-made constellation.
The development of Calder's form also represents his passion for dance and theatre (25). There is a theatrical aspect to "GhostaE and his other mobiles. As in a ballet, the individual elements make their entrance, and it takes time before the whole "performanceaE has be seen. The forms created by Calder's mobiles can be interp