Seek Environments That Calm and Uplift You

Exquisite mobile by Alexander Calder

I went to a wonderful exhibit recently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  I toured the display of Alexander Calder’s airy, spellbinding mobiles and was transported to a fairyland.  For those few moments, I forgot about the crushing heat here in Los Angeles, California; my personal issues and anxieties; and the world and its demands.  I hung out with Calder’s gifts to us all.  The mobiles float, they waver, they tremble like the fragile human beings we all are.

            Each was a jewel in its own right and was accompanied by a description, some poetic, which set the stage for the awe and amazement the work inspired. One I remember in particular had a vivid narrative written by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1963 after a visit to Calder’s studio. He described the magical mobiles he saw as lyrical, technical, and mathematical symbols of nature, unable to ascertain if they were a result of cause and effect or the evolution of an idea.

            Calder, who studied mathematical engineering as a young man, died in 1976.  I was in my thirties then.

The lesson I took away:  enjoy the natural and man-made beauty around you.  It transports you for an instant and enables you to take shelter from that hurricane that is your life and focus on something other than your own, self-involved self.

Final Book CoverMy memoir is: Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class.  It is available on  My book website is:

If you want to be notified when I post a new blog, click on the “Follow” button in the upper right corner of this page and fill in the information. To read my other blogs, scroll down on this page or click on “Recent Posts” or “Archives” under the Follow button. Please pass my blog along to anyone else who might be interested.


Filed under Uncategorized

2 responses to “Seek Environments That Calm and Uplift You

  1. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience w/ Calder’s work – I know where I going next week…keep sharing

  2. You brought back my wonderful visit with Calder’s work a few months back. It was truly magical — and not quite like any other art. It was so deceptively simple, and yet so playful.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.