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La Grande Vitesse

Calder Plaza Building, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2211
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An icon of downtown Grand Rapids

This monumental sculpture by Calder is located in downtown Grand Rapids and it is an icon... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Christian T
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Alexander Calder's Sculpture

Commissioned around 1969, this sculpture "La Grande Vitesse", which translates to "high speed" has... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
dadams6593
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Kentwood, Michigan
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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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  • Very good48%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible4%
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“city hall” (3 reviews)
“large plaza” (2 reviews)
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Calder Plaza Building, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2211
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

This monumental sculpture by Calder is located in downtown Grand Rapids and it is an icon associated with the city. It is located in a large plaza. This plaza is used for many events during the spring and summer seasons: 5/3 post-race celebration, festival of...More

Thank Christian T
Reviewed 13 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...More

2  Thank dadams6593
Reviewed 13 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...More

2  Thank Steven K
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
Reviewed 23 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...More

Thank Rockytoo2
Reviewed 16 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...More

Thank 907andrewcharless
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...More

Thank RickMIusa
Reviewed 25 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....More

Thank Paintboy62
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
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...More

Thank cillajuliane
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