Friday, September 19, 2008

Post Titled: The Incredible Hulk's use of Alexander Calder
Just got home from work and torrented the Incredible Hulk (surprisingly quick download) and -of course- jumped straight to his major confrontation with the military / Tim Roth on the university campus and whoa- this time I realized upon 2nd viewing that the hunk of metal he uses as a shield actually appears to be a piece of an Alexander Calder sculpture which he rips off (from what definitely seems to be) one of those outdoor painted metal sculptures (very much like the piece in Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park and/or the Seattle Asian Art Museum (├╝nless it is the same one and they moved it-? not sure, didn't have time to check.) Hmm... the Incredible Hulk... ripping off a chunk of art to shield himself against American military might... odd choice. Anyhow, he rips off a second a piece when Tim Roth is pelting him with a grenade launcher and uses them to slam together like cymbals in order to deflect bullets/supersonic blasts, cut hummers/helicopters in half and generally just smash things, -as Hulks tend to do)
Some excerpts from Calder's bio on his official site (heavily edited for my purposes, of course):
"Despite his talents, Calder did not originally set out to become an artist. He instead enrolled at the Stevens Institute of Technology after high school and graduated in 1919 with an engineering degree. Calder worked for several years after graduation at various jobs, including as a hydraulics engineer and automotive engineer, timekeeper in a logging camp, and fireman in a ship's boiler room...
Calder received commissions to make both Mercury Fountain for the Spanish Pavilion at the Parisian World Fair (a work that symbolized Spanish Republican resistance to fascism)...When the United States entered World War II, Calder applied for entry to the Marine Corps but was ultimately rejected."

just thought that was weird...


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