“It was early one morning on a calm sea, off Guatemala, when over my couch — a coil of rope — I saw the beginning of a fiery red sunrise on one side and the moon looking like a silver coin on the other. Of the whole trip this impressed me most of all; it left me with a lasting sensation of the solar system.”
Zigzag, Sun, and Crags is not a memento of that experience, which took place on June 9, 1922. It is an exhilarating work that celebrates Calder’s inimitable way of imparting the wonder of nature’s dynamics by amplifying our experience of it. If, as he might wish, it brings a sense of interconnectedness and belonging as it did to him along the coast of Guatemala as a young Merchant Marine, so much the better.
Alexander Calder in his studio, 1966
Alexander Calder photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1947