Proverb

Explore Mark di Suvero's 41,000 pound sculpture, originally sited in Dallas and now a part of the Tippet Rise landscape

By Tippet Rise Art Center

Proverb (2018-07-15) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

Mark di Suvero created Proverb in 2002 using steel and stainless steel. The resulting work measures 60 feet tall.

Beethoven's Quartet (2016-05-13) by Peter Halstead, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

The Artist

Widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation to emerge from the abstract expressionist era, Mark di Suvero revolutionized the world of sculpture and profoundly influenced fields such as modernist architecture, design, and land art. Di Suvero prides himself in his hands-on approach to the fabrication and installation of his work. Learn more at www.spacetimecc.com.

Proverb Assembly, Tippet Rise Staff, Photographer, Mark di Suvero, Artist, 2015-10-10, From the collection of: Tippet Rise Art Center
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Proverb weighs over 41,000 pounds. The sculpture was originally installed at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. It was moved to Tippet Rise in 2015.

Proverb Assembly, Peter Halstead, Photographer, Mark di Suvero, Artist, 2016-05-13, From the collection of: Tippet Rise Art Center
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di Suvero pioneered the use of a crane as a sculptor's working tool.

Proverb Assembly, Peter Halstead, Photographer, Mark di Suvero, Artist, 2015-10-10, From the collection of: Tippet Rise Art Center
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Proverb Assembly, Tippet Rise Staff, Photographer, Mark di Suvero, Artist, 2015-10-10, From the collection of: Tippet Rise Art Center
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At Tippet Rise, Proverb was reassembled during a windstorm, its compass legs dangling from the enormous crane.

Proverb (2017-08-22) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

The stainless steel hanging element moves like a pendulum or metronome in the breeze.

Proverb in the Snow (2017-09-18) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

Proverb is painted a bright orange-red, a common color in di Suvero’s works.

Proverb at Night (2017-09-26) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

The sculpture is six stories tall.

Proverb (2017-10-17) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

di Suvero is known for creating large-scale sculpture meant to be experienced outside. Viewed from above, Proverb's height of 60 feet is dwarfed by the sloping hillsides of Box Canyon, where it resides at Tippet Rise.

Proverb (2017-07-01) by Erik Petersen, PhotographerTippet Rise Art Center

Credits: Story

Photography by: Erik Petersen, Peter Halstead

Writing by: Alexis Adams

Exhibit by: Emily Rund, Sarah Lanier

Sculpture by: Mark di Suvero

Support from:

Lindsey Hinmon
Managing Director, Programs

Melissa Moore
Communications and Administration Manager

Alexis Adams
Publications Administrator

Emily Rund
Filmmaker and Production Coordinator

Pete Hinmon
Managing Director, Operations

Peter & Cathy Halstead
Co-Founders of Tippet Rise

Credits: All media
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