Alexander Calder

Elephant and Trainer
1926–31
From: Calder's Circus

On view
Floor 7

The Elephant and Trainer are two of the “performers” in Calder’s Circus. The white wooden blocks that form the elephant’s legs are jointed with nails to allow him to rear up, and his trunk and tail are made of rubber tubing. During performances, Alexander Calder would place the elephant’s trunk into a bucket of sawdust, which billowed into the air when Calder blew through the tube that is the elephant’s tail.



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