July 9th, 2013

Orion was featured in Arts at Michigan's weekly e-news this week:

Big and Red and standing tall in front of UMMA is Mark di Suvero’s sculpture, Orion. Installed in 2009, the steel sculpture is 53 feet tall and weighs 23,000 pounds, so it’s unlikely you’ve missed it if you’ve been on campus. 

But you may be surprised to learn that di Suvero learned to use an arc welder only after suffering serious injuries while working construction. He was critically injured in an elevator accident and was a paraplegic in a wheelchair for years. He was told he would never walk again, but through rehabilitation, he learned to walk again and began to sculpt. Mark di Suvero has since become one of the most important living sculptors in the world. 

You can read more about di Suvero and see other examples of his work on his website here.

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