La Grande Vitesse
Height: 31 in
Width: 44 in
Print of red Calder statue; black bars in background.
Pennsylvania-born Alexander Calder was an American sculptor and artist most famous for inventing the mobile. He is well-known in the Grand Rapids area for creating his commissioned, infamously orange centerpiece "La Grand Vitesse", which has become a local icon for the town's annual Festival of the Arts, (also inspired by Calder). This lithograph represents this famous sculpture, which was installed in 1969 in front of City Hall in downtown Grand Rapids, in an area now called "Calder Plaza". â€œLa Grande Vitesseâ€ is French for â€œthe great swiftnessâ€ or â€œthe grand rapids.â€