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La Grande Vitesse

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

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.