La Grande Vitesse
Height: 31 in
Width: 44 in
Print of red Calder statue; black bars in background.
Pennsylvania-born, Alexander Calder, is most well-known in Grand Rapids for creating the much-photographed, infamously orange centerpiece, "La Grand Vitesse." The sculpture has become iconic to the city, especially in its association with the annual Festival of the Arts, a festival inspired by Calder himself. The "La Grande Vitesse" was installed in front of City Hall in downtown Grand Rapids in 1969, in an area now called the Calder Plaza. The title is translated literally from French as "great swiftness" or, with much appropriateness, "the grand rapids."