Di Suvero is at the forefront of contemporary American sculpture, working on a monumental scale and focusing on composition and space. He uses industrial building materials such as I-beams, scrap metal, steel cables and wooden railroad ties. Movement is another element in his work, often implied but frequently actual. In this piece the suspended “V” beneath the tip of the central beam is intended to move with the wind. Scarlatti is named for Domenico Scarlatti, the eighteenth-century Italian composer whose music di Suvero greatly admires.
Mark di Suvero. Scarlatti, 1994–2000. Steel, 304 x 720 x 360 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Mark di Suvero.