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Alexander Calder Alexander Calder was born in Lawnton a suburb of Philadelphia on the date of July 22 1898 He was named Alexander after his father Alexander Stirling Calder and his grandfather Alexander Miline Calder With all three of the Calder men being named Alexander they needed something to set them apart from one another so the youngest Alexander developed the nickname Sandy He got this nickname because he looked like Santa Clause with his flannel shirts on and a clown with his big baggy khaki pants Sandys grandfather Alexander Miline was a wonderful sculptor Philadelphias new city hall hired him in 1872 to design and model various figures One of his best known statues that he made was one of William Penn This statue took twenty years to complete and the reason it took this long is because it stands thirty-seven feet high Just to give you an idea about how big this thing is Penns nose is thirteen inches long and his buttons are six inches in diameter This statue weighed 60000 pounds and had to be taken apart just to get it to the roof of the City Hall tower where it stands to this day Sandys grandfather had six children one being Alexander Stirling Calder Sandys father Alexander Stirling Calder was also a great sculptor Stirling seemed more sophisticated with his works and wanted more realism to his sculptors However the Calder name was still not really associated with art till Sandy came along Sandy was the youngest of his family He had a sister named Peggy that was two years than he was His father as you already know was Alexander Stirling Calder and his mother Nanette Calder When Sandy was three his mother and father sold their house in Lawnton and moved to an apartment in Philadelphia When Sandy was little his mother and father often called on him to pose for
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