Calder Daze
Calder Daze
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With the polar vortex again causing weather mayhem in its wake, it is indeed “caulder days,” as we would say in Glasgow. But for this blog entry, “Calder daze” might best describe my recent and very cold meander along the Olympic Sculpture Park, the centrepiece of which is dominated by Alexander Calder’s dazzling, biomorphic red-painted steel sculpture the Eagle, caught in the late afternoon silhouette with the equally stunning background vistas across Puget Sound.


Originally, the sculpture was made in 1971 for a bank headquarter plaza in Fort Worth, Texas; when the bank building was sold, it then spent a year sitting outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in the hope of the building of a Calder Museum in the artists’ hometown. When patrons in Philadelphia couldn’t come up with the asking price, in 2000 two Seattle collectors named Jon and Mary Shirley paid more than $10 million to bring his 39-foot red Eagle to Seattle.



Leica M3 & 50mm Summicron

B+W Yellow Filter 

Sekonic L-308S

Ilford HP5+ (250)

HC-110 (Dil.H – 1:63 @ 8:30 minutes)

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan