Festival of the Arts, 1978
Festival of the Arts promotional poster; black and white silhouette of Calder statue and trees. Red text: "festival 78".
In 1969, Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse was installed in front of City Hall in downtown Grand Rapids in an area now called Calder Plaza. "La Grande Vitesse" is French for "the great swiftness" or "the grand rapids." This 43-foot tall, vibrant red metal sculpture was commissioned by the City of Grand Rapids and the Kent County Board of Supervisors, and made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The dedication of this piece influenced the creation of the first 3-day Arts Festival to take place in Grand Rapids (1970) and that still continues today.