American, born China, 1933
Mother Peace, 1969–70
41 ft. 8 in. x 49 ft. 5 in. x 44 ft. 3 in. (12.7 x 15.1 x 13.5 m)
Gift of the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation
© Mark di Suvero, courtesy of the artist and Spacetime C.C.
Photo by Jerry L. Thompson
Mother Peace, one of Mark di Suvero’s most overtly political works, includes a torch-cut peace sign in its lower horizontal beam; the entire sculpture also takes the form of a three-dimensional peace sign. It is the last major work that di Suvero completed before leaving the United States for a four-year stay in Europe in 1971, in protest of US involvement in the Vietnam War. Di Suvero created Mother Peace without the aid of assistants in a parking lot in Pasadena, California, over the course of nine months; he arranged its large I-beams with a crane. The sculpture weighs approximately six tons, but seems to defy its own great mass: its upper elements are suspended by thick cables and sway in response to gusts of wind.