Mark di Suvero to speak in Grand Rapids

There's the Calder, the X and then .... the TIRE SWING! Grand Rapids is known for it's public art works, but not many people can tell you why they're art or would made them -

Mark di Suvero is known for his towering sculptures that appropriate very raw industrial material such as steel I beams and making them sway and dangle as if they weighed nothing.


Most Grand Rapidians are most familiar with his tire swing, entitled Motu Viget, which means strength through activity. Motu Viget is located near the Vandenberg Plaza.

Most recently, the Motu Viget has been the subject of a song by anti-folk musician Kimya Dawson in her song Tire Swing on her newest album Remember That I Love You. Dawson is accompanied on the album by Grand Rapids expatriate Paul Baribeau, now Bloomington, IN resident.

On Monday, October 30, 2006 at 7:00 PM, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan will host internationally-acclaimed sculptor, Mark di Suvero, for the second-annual Ward Paul and Charles Schoenknecht Art and Sculpture Lecture Series. Di Suvero will speak in greater detail about his work which he calls, "drawing with steel," as well as his recent exhibitions at Meijer Gardens, Storm King Art Center and the Peace Tower during the Whitney Biennial.

Posted on August 29, 2006 10:21 AM


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