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New York  Art at Site www.newyorkart.nl Mark di		Suvero	Joie de Vivre
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Mark di Suvero

Joie de Vivre
1998
Zuccotti Park
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The artwork Joie de Vivre by Mark di Suvero makes use of practical components (structural steel), it expresses a sense of joy or even victory in a convincing way.

In the essay by ArtAtSite this artwork is compared with the following artworks. Check this link for the essay.

The statue Berlin by Matschinksy-Denninghoff (Berlin, picture 1, more information) refers to the unification of East- and West-Berlin on a gentle way. This is a powerful artwork with multiple and important meanings referring to a crucial historical moment. It will remain meaningful because of the multiple possible ways to interpret the artwork.

As the title Kiss by Jeroen Henneman (Amsterdam, picture 1, more information) suggests two people meet each other in a loving way. Because the forms are specific, this can only refer to this kind of specific happenings. That’s way the artwork don’t have to power to give meaning to other kind of experiences.

Grosser Würfel is another work by Brigitte and Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff (Berlin, picture 2, more information) which shows how strong the visual language is of the couple. Here, the round shape is combined with a cube. This minimalist element is in conjunction with embracing forms. This artwork evokes in me the feeling of cherishing something precious.

The artwork Joie de Vivre by Mark di Suvero (New York, picture 3, more information) makes use of practical components (structural steel), it expresses a sense of joy or even victory in a convincing way.

Although this artwork by Dennis Oppenheimer is entitled Engagement (Hong Kong, picture 4, more information), I think this artwork rather indicates of two people with a similar nature that are next to each other instead of connected with each other.
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His work at Storm King seems more effective to me- the juxtaposition of the bright steel against the lush rolling hills of the park…ahhhh kinda idyllic. The contrast is what really makes the piece work. But in the cityscape, the 70 foot Cor-ten sculpture just reminds me of the endless construction in the area. It was moved to Zuccotti Park in 2006 from the Holland Tunnel rotary- a location that made the piece look a little better (on that contrast theory), and was immortalized when Occupy Wall Street unfolded around it.
But really, the construction site-comparison makes sense. Before di Suvero became an artist, he worked as a construction worker- and was in a scary elevator accident that left him a paraplegic. The traumatizing accident changed him for life, and even though he miraculously re-learned to walk, it served as the inspiration for his life’s work as a sculptor. That said, he was also the first sculptor to use a crane as a sculptor’s tool.