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© 1997 Mark di Suvero, Joie de Vivre, steel (70’ x 30’ 6” x 24’ 6”); photograph by Peter Bellamy taken at Zuccotti Park, lower Manhattan
Mark di Suvero
Marco Polo di Suvero was born in Shanghai, China, in 1933, and as a young man studied art and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He later moved to New York City where he was a founding member of Park Place Gallery, an artist cooperative and the first contemporary art gallery in SoHo. Early on in New York, di Suvero’s back was crushed in a construction job accident. During his rehabilitation he learned to use an arc welder and continued his artistic efforts to create large-scale works in steel. As an ex-paraplegic with residual paralysis, di Suvero welds, cuts, and runs a crane to construct his sculpture. Assistants help him with large set-ups and de-installations. Joie de Vivre was built in California, shown in the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris, and is now in New York City. In 1986, di Suvero founded Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York.