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La Grande Vitesse

  • Calder Plaza, Ottawa Ave. between
  • Michigan and Lyon NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Neighborhood:Downtown
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Created by internationally known sculptor, Alexander Calder. Installed in 1969.

La Grande Vitesse means the great swiftness, or the grand rapids. This sculpture was designed specifically for this site. While initially controversial, it's now a source of local pride, standing 43' high x 54' long x 30' wide in Calder Plaza. The vibrant color and swift, smooth curves create a dynamic and exciting piece.

Artist Joseph Kinnebrew Incorporated "the Calder" into the City's official logo.

  • 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.