Museum for Alexander Calder
Cal Poly Pomona. ARC 502. Lin.
Known for his wind driven mobiles, Calder was one of the more important innovators of 20th-century sculpture. His mobiles broke the mold of traditional sculpture, that of which was solid, and bound to the ground. Made of painted metal pieces, wire and wood, Calder created sculpture that was kinetic and light. His wire sculptures emphasized an interested in “extremely delicate open composition.” Large monumental sculptures comprised of sheet metal and bolts, while static, captured his ultimate goal; sculpture in motion.
The initial design direction of the museum was to best display Calder’s mobiles. This was applied through the accentuation of angled verticals and vaulted ceilings. The massing approaching was influenced by the site conditions; most importantly, to provide protection from the western sun. There was a priority placed street presence and pedestrian access. This decision influenced a sidewalk accessible patio adjacent to the lobby and cafe. The atrium of the museum is the focal point of the project. It is a connection to all the spaces, levels, and circulation.