WBEZ | Alexander Calder http://www.wbez.org/tags/alexander-calder Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Flamingo unchained: Restoration makes famed modernist sculpture shine again http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-10/flamingo-unchained-restoration-makes-famed-modernist-sculpture-shine-again <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/PA090282.jpg" style="width: 610px; height: 458px;" title="" /></div><div>Alexander Calder&#39;s <em>Flamingo</em> looks great, thanks to last summer&#39;s restoration that returned the sculpture to its brilliant vermillion &mdash; allowing the work&#39;s color, arcs and curves to again properly contrast against the dark and right-angled modernist buildings of the city&#39;s federal plaza.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The&nbsp; $213,000 restoration by McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation Lab is a pretty good early birthday present for the sculpture which turns 40 next year.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/PA090251.jpg" style="width: 610px; height: 584px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The 53-foot tall steel sculpture was formally dedicated in 1974 with a visit from Calder himself who got a key to the city from Mayor Richard J. Daley. The work was previously restored in 1998.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/PA090254.jpg" style="width: 610px; height: 675px; " title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-10/flamingo-unchained-restoration-makes-famed-modernist-sculpture-shine-again