Revised Maquette for Motu Viget

  • Mark di Suvero, Revised Maquette for Motu Viget, 1976, steel, plywood, nylon, photograph, rubber, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program, 1979.159.6

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In 1974, Mark di Suvero received a commission from the General Services Administration Art-in-Architecture Program for the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Motu Viget, which means "strength and activity," is the city's motto. Di Suvero, who stated that he likes to design his sculptures "so that they can interact with the wind and other forces," created a piece that brings the motto to life. The first design led administrators of the project to fear that the high winds characteristic of Grand Rapids would topple the piece.

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"All of us are children at heart---or were children and have forgotten it. The child in us can respond to the piece." Mark di Suvero, Grand Rapids Press, 1977

Title
Revised Maquette for Motu Viget
Artists
Date
1976
On View
Dimensions
8 x 14 5/8 x 11 3/8 in. (20.3 x 37.3 x 29.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Abstract
  • General Services Administration – Art-in-Architecture Program
Object Number
1979.159.6
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