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overall installed 316-½ × 510 × 450 inches
Cor-Ten steel, steel, wood
Not on view

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Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1985

artwork entry Mark di Suvero, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1998

More than 26 feet high and 42 feet wide, and weighing in at approximately three tons, Mark di Suvero’s Arikidea is certainly deserving of the description “monumental.” Yet this massive structure belies an ingeniously constructed delicacy. The gigantic steel beams have been masterfully balanced in such a way that a simple touch or a passing breeze will cause the structure to sway gently. The wooden swing suspended from its center playfully invites the viewer to further interact with the work, moving into and through its airy spaces. Beginning in the late 1950s, di Suvero drew on the gestural ideas of Abstract Expressionist painting, extending them into the three-dimensional realm of sculpture. His early cantilevered constructions of junkyard detritus (old tires, scrap metal, steel girders) later gave way to the massive, outdoor steel sculptures for which he is known today. The title of this piece evolved loosely from the word arachnid, Greek for “spider,” a creature di Suvero admired for its capacity to create structures in space.

Jenkins, Janet, ed. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1998, no. 31.

© 1998 Walker Art Center

curriculum resource Mark di Suvero, Arikidea (1977-1982) Walker Art Center, 1998

“Wouldn’t a rusty brown spider standing on a bed of fresh snow be great to behold?”–Mark di Suvero

Beginning in the 1960s Mark di Suvero began experimenting with sculpture made almost entirely of found objects, such as steel beams, tires, chairs, chains, and other materials from torn-down buildings and junkyards. For Arikidea the artist selected I-beams from demolished New York skyscrapers and assembled them into this massive structure. The sculpture is more than 26 feet high and 42 feet wide and weighs approximately three tons. The wooden swing suspended in the center playfully invites the viewer to interact with the work. The steel beams looming above gently sway with the wind and the movement of the swing. The title of this monumental piece evolved loosely from the word “arachnid” (spider), a creature di Suvero admired for its ability to create structures in space.

Text for Mark di Suvero, Arikidea (1977-1982), from the curriculum guide The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: A Garden for All Seasons, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1998.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center