At A Glance
Part of the Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program
Weighs 35,000 pounds
Is one of seven sculptures named for Native American Indian tribes
A Chinese influence can be noted in the central knot shape and brilliant red color
UPDATE: The Association for Public Art temporarily removed Mark di Suvero’s Iroquois sculpture from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in May 2022 for a major conservation restoration. The multi-ton steel sculpture was carefully disassembled, stripped, cleaned and repainted, and returned to the Parkway in September 2022 as part of the Association‘s 150th anniversary celebration. Learn more about the restoration ››
An innovator in the use of industrial materials, Mark di Suvero describes his monumental sculptures as “paintings in three dimensions with the crane as my paintbrush.”
His 40-foot-high painted steel Iroquois has a robust energy and physical presence, which appeals to a wide audience.
The abstract sculpture is formed from painted steel I-beams, which are emblematic of the artist’s use of industrial materials. A Chinese influence can be noted in the central knot shape and brilliant red color of the sculpture. Iroquois also has a characteristic kinetic element at its top. The open shapes invite public interaction and viewing from multiple angles. The artist has named seven sculptures for Native American Indian tribes: Mohican, Sioux, Shoshone, Miwok, Navajo, Catawba, and Iroquois.
Iroquois was acquired by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) in 2007 with the support of art patron and humanitarian David N. Pincus, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday.
- Iconic Ben Franklin Parkway sculpture is getting a face-lift (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Installation of Mark di Suvero’s Iroquois (from 2007)
- Iroquois Dedication with Artist Mark di Suvero (from 2007)
- Plans Announced for Mark di Suvero’s Iroquois in Philadelphia (from 2007)
- How to Request Images
- Kids Activity Page for Iroquois
Voices heard in the program:
Mark di Suvero is internationally recognized as a key figure in the development of postwar American sculpture.
Lowell McKegney (1948-2011) was sculptor Mark di Suvero’s installation supervisor and longtime friend.
Segment Producer: Lu Olkowski
A program of the Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association), Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is an innovative and accessible outdoor sculpture audio program for Philadelphia’s preeminent collection of public art.
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