“I wonder sometimes if fog is just the clouds that could not stand being away from
the earth any longer. Just the ones that were too tired to float any more, and wanted to feel soil once again.” Tyler Knott Gregson
This past Saturday, when a blanket of gloomy, misty fog covered the city of Grand Rapids, I made my way downtown to explore the city. Located in the area that is called Calder Plaza is a sculpture by American artist Alexander Calder. La Grande Vitesse is French for “the great swiftness” a reference to the river flowing through heart of the city. Painted in Calder’s signature bright red, it was constructed in Tours, France and assembled on the plaza in 1967. The steel sculpture is 54 feet long, 43 feet tall, 30 feet wide and weighs 42 tons. This was the first public art work to be funded by the Art in Public Places program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).