On view

American, born China, 1933
Mother Peace, 1969–70
Painted steel
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.


Other works by this artist

Figolu, 2005–11

For Chris, 1991

Frog Legs, 2002

Mahatma, 1978–79

Pyramidian, 1987/1998

She, 1977–78