Sunday, June 5, 2011

Big Red Thing

Few cities have identified themselves with a work of art as much as Grand Rapids, Michigan has with Alexander Calder's sculpture, La Grand Vitesse. Commissed in 1967 and built with funds awarded as the very first "Art in Public Places" program of the National Endowment of Arts, the city has identified itself so closely with the sculpture that it even uses iconic images of it on the city street signs.

Here is a really nice website that showcases an abundance of submitted photos taken of this great Calder stabile and the many ways that the citizens of Grand Rapids enjoy it.  Definitely worth checking out!

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