Eight large-scale sculptures by Mark di Suvero rise at historic Crissy Field this May for a free yearlong exhibition presented by SFMOMA in partnership with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Brought together from across the Unitied States, the steel structures are set against the backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, a structure that has inspired the artist throughout his career.
Coinciding with di Suvero's 80th birthday, the exhibition not only marks five decades of work, it also holds particular significance for the artist who emigrated from Shanghai to San Francisco at the age of seven. His passage beneath the Golden Gate Bridge—which opened a few years before his arrival—proved to be a lasting inspiration, as the scale and color of the structure have inspired di Suvero throughout his life. di Suvero notes, "It was like a rainbow, a bridge coming to the New World starting a new life. The woman who chose the color of the bridge, Malo Lowell, taught me how to work wood as a teenager and from there, all was freedom."
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