Public Art

Five Rudders

By Alexander Calder
Category: Sculpture


Five Rudders was given to Washington University in 1964, the same year it was made. In 1990, the work was renovated and moved to its more visible location in front of the Washington University Gallery of Art. The sheet metal segments of Five Rudders drift around its bright red base, floating like black rudders beneath the surface of the sea, calmly obeying the changing direction of the flow of water. The solid black and red colors of the piece are characteristic of Calder’s work, which incorporates mainly white, black, and the primary colors red, yellow, and blue.

Dimensions: 126″ x 98.25″ x 112″
Year Completed: 1964
Material: Painted sheet metal and rods
Owner: Washington University
Donor: Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg

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