di Suvero Exhibition (Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park)

Here’s a little known fact: world-renowned, sculptor, Mark di Suvero established some of his earliest artistic roots here in Grand Rapids back in 1977 with his piece on Calder Plaza entitled Motu Viget.

In 2002, the beloved artist returned to the area to install an exhibit at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park which included two of his best known works, Iroquois and Johnny Appleseed.

This piece captures not only the dramatic installation of these multi-story steel sculptures but we also get a glimpse into di Suvero’s creative sole in a rare interview granted by the artist himself.

 

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American Highlights 2005 (Spacetime, CC Inc.)

American Highlights/diSuvero at the Frederik Meijer Gardens (Spacetime CC Inc)

In 2006, The French Government considered American Sculptor, Mark di Suvero, for an exhibition. This promotional DVD highlights Mark’s most recent work at the time: his exhibition at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, his collection at Storm King Art Center, his installation in Liberty Plaza Park/Ground Zero and features in several prominent art journals.

Here’s a little known fact: world-renowned, sculptor, Mark di Suvero established some of his earliest artistic roots here in Grand Rapids back in 1977 with his piece on Calder Plaza entitled Motu Viget.

In 2002, the beloved artist returned to the area to install an exhibition at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

This piece captures not only the dramatic installation of two of di Suvero’s multi-story tall steel sculptures, Iroquois and Johnny Appleseed, but we also get a glimpse into the artist’s creative sole in a rare interview granted by the artist himself.

American Highlights/di Suvero at Storm King Art Center (Spacetime CC Inc.)

International sculptor, Mark di Suvero rules the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York with his personal 40 acre plot known as the di Suvero fields.

In the late fall of 2007, commissioned by the artist himself, I took a small crew cross country in a motorhome…braving an early blizzard in the Poconos Mountains to capture the beauty of this artist’s work in one of the country’s most spectacular outdoor sculpture parks.

di Suvero // Magazines Promo

 

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Stir Crazy (Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park)

Patrick Dougherty is an American Sculptor who creates his work one stone and one twig at a time. His whimsical pieces come to life often with the help of dozens of volunteers who lend their hands collecting the necessary sculpting materials from nearby fields and interlacing those materials to form the artist’s vision.

The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park commissioned Patrick for an indoor exhibition entitled, Stir Crazy, in 2007. The exhibition at the Meijer Gardens would be the second for the artist. Installation began on a snowy January morning and was completed 2.5 weeks later. Like most of Patrick’s projects, Stir Crazy remained in place for 6 months at which time it was dismantled never to be seen again.

This video follows the creation of Stir Crazy from the ground up…literally.

 

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Beneath the Leafy Crown (Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park)

Michele Oka Doner’s largest works of art have a way of getting under foot. That’s because she’s probably best known for her beautiful floors..in the Miami Airport and now in the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Oka Doner achieves a fantastical quality in her floors through the use of rich dark terrazzo embedded with thousands of cast bronze pieces and dusted with effervescent mother of pearl. One could easily get lost in her work both literally and figuratively.

A project of this magnitude takes teams of people and in this case, it took three distinct teams in three different cities to bring this piece to our feet. This video follows the process from Michele’s New York studio, to a foundry on the fringes of Philadelphia and on to the corridors of the Meijer Gardens where everything came together at the hands of the artist herself and a specialized flooring company out of Kalamazoo, Michigan. To fully experience a floor by this incredible artist is to never see the world beneath your feet the same way again.

 

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Arches (Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park)

Scottish artist, Andy Goldsworthy, is a man of incredible patience who sees the natural realm in a different way than most. With the outdoors as his palette, Goldsworthy performs feats as large as constructing a 1/2 mile stone wall that undulates through woods, field and stream and others as small as transforming pieces of an icicle into a spiral form without the aid of any outside material.

Stone is one of Goldsworthy’s preferred materials and one he has studied most of his career. In his hands, stone seems to come alive. The arch, as a form, is something else that fascinates this artist. Combine the three elements closest to his heart…the environment, stone and the arch form and you get beauty, drama and whimsey all in one sculpture.

The Grand Rapids Arch travels a road at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This video is the story of how its journey began.

 

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Lena’s Garden (Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park)

Lena’s Garden is the fifth piece I’ve completed for the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. It’s also an example of how documentaries take on a life of their own. You may start with one simple objective and a year and a half later end up with something totally different.

In the case of “Lena’s Garden” we originally set out to capture just the installation of the Chihuly sculpture that now adorns the ceiling of the renovated cafe but as shooting progressed it became obvious…at least to me…that there were several stories here. Besides the intensity of installing hundreds of pieces of precious glass in a ceiling from 2 lifts while people watched and dined around the perimeter, there was the story of how those pieces came to be. The art of glass blowing is a fascinating story in the most ordinary of circumstances but throw in Dale Chihuly and glass blowing jumps to a whole new level…something everyone should have the opportunity to see.

There was also the story of how an institution like the Meijer Gardens goes about acquiring permanent pieces of art. We had never told this story before and here they were commissioning a world famous artist to create a very expensive and fragile piece for a very public space. Many factors had to be considered from beginning to end.

And so I set about capturing all of these stories and weaving them into one piece not knowing until the very end if I was making a tasty stew or inedible gruel. You be the judge.

 

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