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Storm King installs sky-high sculpture by Mark di Suvero

The work—the tallest of the artist’s career—has travelled from France to upstate New York

Installation of Mark di Suvero, E=MC 2 (1996 - 97) at Storm King Art Center Courtesy the artist and Spacetime C.C ., New York. Photo: Jerry L. Thompson

The American artist Mark di Suvero has been an intrinsic part of upstate New York’s Storm King Art Centre since the late 1960s. This past weekend, the sculpture park added another work by the artist to its panoramic vista—a piece that has never been shown in the US and the tallest that the artist devised in his career.

Called E=MC2, the nearly 100 ft-tall steel work was made between 1996-97 in the artist’s French studio in Chalon-sur-Soâne, and has been installed in Valenciennes for the past decade after being shown in Paris in the late 1990s. In New York, the work will be installed in the centre’s South Fields, where for the next three years it will be flanked by eight other large-scale sculptures from various stages of the artist’s career.

Mark di Suvero's E=MC 2 (1996-97) and Figolu (2005-11) at Storm King Art Center Courtesy the artist and Spacetime C.C ., New York. Photo: Jerry L. Thompson

The centre currently holds five sculptures by the artist in its permanent collection: Mother Peace(1969-1970), Mon Père (1973-75), Mozart’s Birthday (1989), Pyramidian (1987/1998) and Mahatma (1978-79). Other works on temporary loan in the centre include She (1977-78), For Chris (1991), Frog Legs (2002) and Figolu (2005-11).

In an interview from the centre’s archive, the artist said: “Having a piece at Storm King is like having jewels in velvet. You look at it, and you feel the goodness of the landscape, of the sense of space, the sky that comes with it...”