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.
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.
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.