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Grand Rapids in 1856

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<em>La Grande Vitesse</em>, Biemont Foundry

La Grande Vitesse, Biemont Foundry

J. Germain, Tours, France - 1969

The pieces of the sculpture are fitted together outside the Biemont Foundry in Tours, France where the pieces for Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse were cast. The process ensured that everything would fit properly during its final construction in Grand Rapids. After the pre-construction process in Tours, the sculpture was disassembled for shipping. The wall of the foundry can be seen behind the sculpture, as well as a ladder behind the sculpture and tools on the ground. At the far left are some workmen next to equipment used to raise the pieces to their proper location.


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TitleLa Grande Vitesse, Biemont Foundry
CreatorJ. Germain, Tours, France

Title by cataloger. The photograph is one of a series showing the construction of La Grande Vitesse, both in Tours, France and then in Grand Rapids that are available at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Location In PhotoTours, France
CollectionColl. 54-5-34, History & Special Collections Dept., Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library

Reproduction and copyright information regarding this image is available from Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI.

InstitutionGrand Rapids Public Library
Physical Storage LocationGrand Rapids, MI.

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