Calder’s first large-scale sculptures were ‘mobiles’, constructions that
could move in the wind. The heavy bases for these mobiles eventually developed
into sculptures in their own right known as ‘stabiles’. Le tamanoir is a
Not many people will immediately think of an anteater when they see this sculpture, but once you know the work’s title then the animal’s characteristic head, large feet and arched hindquarters become recognisable. The sculpture does not represent the anteater’s anatomy exactly but in a stylised manner.
Calder’s construction technique was not traditional within fine art, but came from his background in mechanical engineering.
|location since||1965, Aveling/Venkelweg, Hoogvliet|
|dimensions sculpture (hxwxl) in cm||320 x 290 x 650|
|material||Steel, galvanized and painted|