Current Location:
GVSU Storage -> Section 23
Location Notes:
Off-site; C34

La Grande Vitesse

Artwork
Identifier:
2000.100.1b
Artist:
Alexander Calder
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Lithograph
Date:
1969
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 31 in Width: 44 in
Description:
Print of red Calder statue; black bars in background.
Historical Context:
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". “La Grande Vitesse” is French for “the great swiftness” or “the grand rapids.”