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Address: Calder Plaza Building, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2211

Serving as a symbol of Grand Rapids, this eye-catching steel sculpture...

Serving as a symbol of Grand Rapids, this eye-catching steel sculpture measures 54 feet long, 43 feet high and 30 feet wide, and is painted in the artist's signature "Calder Red."

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Alexander Calder's Sculpture

Commissioned around 1969, this sculpture "La Grande Vitesse", which translates to "high speed" has been a significant part of identity of Grand Rapids. Located on the "Calder... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Kentwood, Michigan
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Kentwood, Michigan
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Commissioned around 1969, this sculpture "La Grande Vitesse", which translates to "high speed" has been a significant part of identity of Grand Rapids. Located on the "Calder Plaza" is surrounded by the City, County and Federal Buildings and is the back drop for the main stage for the annual "Festival of the Arts" every year the first Friday, Saturday &... More 

2 Thank dadams6593
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

This "stabile" is a "mobile" that doesn't move, a concept invented by sculptor Calder. He hopes you'll see the movement even in the stability of this sculpture whose name is loosely translated, "the grand rapids." Grand Rapids once had actual rapids in the Grand River that were grand to behold. Maybe someday we'll put them back in the river, but... More 

2 Thank Steven K
Wyoming, Michigan
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

Don't bother going to specifacally see it as it has been an eyesore since the day it was installed.. If anyone else put up scrap like that they would be charged with littering..

Thank wrightjerbabe
Alpena, Michigan
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

Often represented as the symbol of Grand Rapids, the color and majesty of this sculpture and the presence that it adds to the plaza is impressive. Even if you are not an art fan, you will certainly be effected (one way or the other) when you walk into the plaza and view this sculpture. See what you think!

Thank Rockytoo2
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

We stumpled across this sculpture by accident...there is even a recommended 'Selfie' spot in front of the artwork. The pictures associated with the reviews are good examples of what you will see. Good place to swing by in the downtown area or on your way to see the Fish Ladder on the Grand River.

Thank 907andrewcharless
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

Placed in 1969 in the city center plaza, the Grand Rapids namesake Calder was the first NEA sponsored public sculpture in the U.S. While controversial at the time, it has now become the symbol of the city. The famous Chicago architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed the site around 2 black buildings, one for city hall, the other the... More 

Thank RickMIusa
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

If you enjoy large, bright, impressive outdoor sculpture, you will love La Grand Vitesse. Calder placed this unique work in a large city square in Grand Rapids, and it has been the inspiration and centerpiece for many community activities, including a large arts festival annually. Easily accessible for everyone, and, of course, free!

Thank Paintboy62
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

This is one of the largest Calder sculptures and is open to view on the plaza. For years my office looked out on this wonder and I never fully appreciated it at the time but now do.

Thank Bankerchas
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

I walk by it all the time and it never get's old for me. It may not seem like a lot to some people, but it is for sure a massive symbol to Grand Rapids. The history around it is pretty neat. Their is also a little bit of a grassy area if you walk farther back between City Hall... More 

Thank cillajuliane
Hudsonville, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

It gets old quickly. It might be different if I didn't see it dozens of times a year or were an art aficionado. Easily taken for granted, but would probably be missed if it were gone.

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