14-foot red metal stabile by Alexander Calder moves into Levi Sculpture Garden

May 07, 1991

Alexander Calder's 14-foot-tall, red metal sculpture "100 Yard Dash" can now be seen in the Baltimore Museum of Art's Levi Sculpture garden, which has reopened to the public.

The Calder stabile of 1969 is one of 30 sculptures given to the BMA by Ryda and Robert Levi, of which 14 are now in the garden including works by Joan Miro, Isamu Noguchi, Louise Nevelson and Ellsworth Kelly. The rest, including works by David Smith, Henry Moore and George Rickey, are expected to be moved from the Levis' Baltimore County estate by the end of 1994, though not all will be installed outside.

The Calder, a bright combination of angles and curlicues, acts as a foil for Tony Smith's austere black "Spitball." The two large sculptures provide visual anchors at the center of the garden.

The Levi garden was closed for about seven weeks this spring. During that time the museum moved the Calder in, turned Mark di Suvero's 1978-1979 sculpture "Sister Lu" 180 degrees in its location at the northwestern corner of the garden, and did planting.

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