Iroquois (1983-1999)
Mark di Suvero (1933-)

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval and Spring Garden Street Fairmount Park
  • Red painted steel (automotive grade) 42'L x 40' H x 31'8"W, 35,000 pounds
  • Initiated by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art)
  • Owned by the Association for Public Art

Mark di Suvero's monumental Iroquois has a robust energy and physical presence, which appeals to a wide audience. The abstract sculpture is formed from painted steel I-beams, which are emblematic of the artist’s use of industrial materials. A Chinese influence can be noted in the central knot shape and brilliant red color of the sculpture. Iroquois also has a characteristic kinetic element at its top. The open shapes invite public interaction and viewing from multiple angles. The artist has named seven sculptures for Native American Indian tribes: Mohican, Sioux, Shoshone, Miwok, Navajo, Catawba, and Iroquois.

Iroquois was acquired by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) in 2007 with support from David N. Pincus.

Iroquois

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Voices heard in the program:

Mark di Suvero
 is internationally recognized as a key figure in the development of postwar American sculpture. 

Lowell McKegney is sculptor Mark di Suvero's installation supervisor and longtime friend. 

Segment Producer: Lu Olkowski

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Voices heard in the program:

Mark di Suvero
 is internationally recognized as a key figure in the development of postwar American sculpture. 

Lowell McKegney is sculptor Mark di Suvero's installation supervisor and longtime friend. 

Segment Producer: Lu Olkowski