Calder work to museum garden


Alexander Calder's "One Hundred Yard Dash" (1969), a 14-foot-tall orange-red stabile, is expected to be moved into the Robert and Ryda H. Levi Sculpture Garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art this spring.

It will be a major addition, serving as one of two "anchors" at the center of the garden along with Tony Smith's "Spitball" (1961), already in place.

The garden is scheduled to be closed March 11 for renovation and new planting, and will reopen about May 1. During the process, said BMA deputy director Brenda Richardson, Mark di Suvero's "Sister Lu" (1978-1979) will be turned 180 degrees in its present location at the northwestern corner.

The Levis have given a collection of 30 contemporary sculptures to the museum. The garden to accommodate them opened in 1988; so far 14 sculptures have been moved to it from the Levis' Baltimore County estate, and Richardson said that the other 16 are expected to be moved by the end of 1994, though not every one will be installed outside.

If the Calder should require major conservation at this point, that could require sending it to a Connecticut foundry, which would delay its installation at the museum for an unspecified time.

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