Calder's "Three Up, Three Down" at the High. (Courtesy High Museum)
Calder’s “Three Up, Three Down” at the High. (Courtesy High Museum)

The iconic “Three Up, Three Down” mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder is leaving the High Museum’s front lawn where it has been a fixture for 25 years.

According to a press release from the High, the sculpture, which has been on long-term loan from the Calder Foundation, will be part  of “Alexander Calder in the Gardens” at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum  next summer. When and if the mobile will return to the High is uncertain.

“With the departure of the Calder sculpture, we have the opportunity to think about new ways to use this outdoor space. We are considering several different options which could include commissions, loans or acquisitions,”  said David Brenneman, the High’s director of collections and exhibitions.

Calder won’t be completely disappearing from the High. The museum will reinstall “Untitled” (1947), a kinetic mobile  from its permanent collection in the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries next year.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.