La Grande Vitesse
Height: 29.5 in
Width: 43.5 in
Print of red Calder statue; black bars in background.
Alexander Calder is a nationally known artist, prominent in the twentieth century. Calder began his artistic journey by creating small, kinetic wire sculptures that combined his artistic eye with his engineering background. The wire sculptures were inspired by the push-and-pull found in nature. Later in his career, Calder made large steel sculptures of abstracted shapes. It was these pieces that would become the iconic sculptures of Alexander Calder. La Grande Vitesse, for which this lithograph represents is located in Grand Rapids, and was the first public art work funded through the National Endowment for the Arts.