La Grande Vitesse
Height: 31 in
Width: 44 in
Sketch of orange-red Calder statue.
Alexander Calder is a nationally known visual artist, prominent in the twentieth century. While serving on a ship bound to San Francisco, he woke up to a witness a brilliant sunrise on one horizon and a shining full moon on the other. Soon after, Calder began making small, kinetic wire sculptures that combined his artistic eye with his engineering background. Later 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.