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Joie de Vivre

Mark Di Suvero’s Joie de Vivre was pretty much totally off my radar for a long time. I’ve passed it a zillion times, and just couldn’t get into it. His work at Storm King seems more effective to me- the juxtaposition of the bright steel against the lush rolling hills of the park…ahhhh kinda idyllic. The contrast is what really makes the piece work. But in the cityscape, the 70 foot Cor-ten sculpture just reminds me of the endless construction in the area. It was moved to Zuccotti Park in 2006 from the Holland Tunnel rotary- a location that made the piece look a little better (on that contrast theory), and was immortalized when Occupy Wall Street unfolded around it.


But really, the construction site-comparison makes sense. Before di Suvero became an artist, he worked as a construction worker- and was in a scary elevator accident that left him a paraplegic. The traumatizing accident changed him for life, and even though he miraculously re-learned to walk, it served as the inspiration for his life’s work as a sculptor. That said, he was also the first sculptor to use a crane as a sculptor’s tool.

Who: Mark di Suvero

What: Joie de Vivre

Where: Zuccotti Park

3 Responses to “Joie de Vivre”
  1. Ashlea Kuhse says:

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