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La Grande Vitesse

  • Calder Plaza, Ottawa Ave. between
  • Michigan and Lyon NW
  • Neighborhood:
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503

La Grande Vitesse means the great swiftness, or the grand rapids. Internationally known sculptor, Alexander Calder, designed this piece specifically for this site. It was installed in 1969.

  • Local Gems

    Situated on a pedestrian plaza outside City Hall, this mammoth sculpture is one of the city’s iconic symbols, pictured on everything from street signs to refuse trucks.

  • Art & Culture

    This bright-red, 43-foot tall, 42-ton Alexander Calder sculpture was the first public art work funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.