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Alexander Calder(1898-1976), was an American sculptor and draughtsman, he is also the person behind the invention of mobiles.

His work mainly has a very geometric feel including lines, circles and abstract forms, kind of like Kandinsky's artist style except in third dimension. 

Despite Calder being most well known for his geometrical forms, within his early works he experimented with wire 'drawing' in space. These wire sculptures literally look like drawings in thin air, and when viewed from a different angle, either look entirely different, or oddly similar.

When visiting the Alexander Calder exhibition at Tate Modern in Central London, I felt a newfound appreciation for mobiles and how they can actually form fantastic art pieces, when typically you'd expect them to be a kind of retro children toy. Now this has driven me to look further into retro children toys and how they're formed. I am intrigued to learn about the form of retro children toys, as influenced from Calders beautifully formed mobiles.

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