Friday, June 22, 2007

Mark di Suvero's Iroquois Installation: Is it Backwards?

Mark di Suvero's Iroquois for Philadelphia was installed today along the Parkway and in front of my condo building, The Philadelphian. The giant crayon-red chunk-o-steel, was purchased with the generous support of art patron and humanitarian David N. Pincus and will be maintained by the Fairmount Park Art Association (9AM on my way to work)
Mark di Suvero is considered one of the most important sculptors of our time. He is widely recognized for monumental works that enhance public spaces. (4PM - I left early with anticipation) (more from the email) The sculpture has a footprint of 30 feet by 30 feet and it is 40 feet high. It is painted "General Motors Truck Red" (I think it's Christo Gate Orange or Home Depot Orange) in a finish that is graffiti resistant. It has one movable member (not ground accessible).The man 2nd to the right is Mark di Suvero as the crew hoist the centerpiece movable part in placeThe crew bolt the piece into place Mark di Suvero weld's the final boltSculptor Mark di Suvero and fundraiser of the piece David N. Pincus
The champagne flows with congratulations all around,
The crew who put the sculpture together (more of the email) It will be lit at night from suspended lights (would not shine in our windows). There will probably be some benches around it (Homeless resistant design[??]). The Art Association has committed to work with The Philadelphian, and the neighborhood Associations on the on these details to make sure we are all happy. Although it was fairly windy the movable piece did not move, I think and it's just my opinion, but I think they installed it backwards. A construction worker threw a rope over the arm and let this young boy pull on it to get it movingThe movable piece has the flat side facing southwest, but that is where the wind comes, I would have thought they would have flipped it around and had the curved side facing that way to scoop up the wind. Oh well so it will only move when we get Northeaster's or hurricanes, it's beautiful none the less. I like it, but I would have loved it if it actually moved like it is supposed to. Maybe they were confused with the diagnolly way the steet is. When looking at it from this postition we are looking Northeast, the left side is facing Northwest, behind us is Southwest and to the right Southeast. The wind comes from the Southwest, it's hitting the side of the sculpture.


Blogger libby said...

love these pictures!!! thanks for saying hello to us at artblog

6/22/2007 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent use of video, HughE! The post really came alive.

6/27/2007 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mille grazie to Hugh, our paparazzi. I’m taking an unofficial opinion poll on Iroquois. Approx 50 percent say "It’s fantastic. “I love it.” The other 50: “Where’s the art?” “I thought steelworkers misplaced I-beams from Comcast construction site.”
It’s obvious Mark di Suvero’s work is here to stay practically on our doorstep, to delight the eye of construction-art cognoscenti. The other 50 percent still have Alexander Sterling Calder’s Iroquois representing the Schuylkill River in the Swann Fountain. Kitty Baker

6/28/2007 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kbakerwrite said...
Mille grazie to our paparzzzi. I'm taking an unofficial opinion poll on "Iroquois." Approx 50 percent say "It's fantastic." "I love it." The other 50: "Where's the art?" "I thought steelworkers had misplaced I-beams from Concast construction site."
It's obvious Mark di Suvero's work is here to stay practicaly on our doorstep, to delight the eye of construction-art connoscenti. The other 50 percent still have Alexander Sterling Calder's Iroquois representing the Schuykill River in the Swann Fountain. Kitty Baker

6/28/2007 7:18 PM  
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