FOR MOTHER THERESA
Mark Di Suvero
1998, Steel and Stainless Steel
Mark di Suvero (b. 1933) was born in Shanghai, China, to Italian parents who later immigrated to California. After receiving a degree in philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, he moved to New York City to concentrate on his sculpture career. Severely injured in an accident on a construction site where he had a part-time job, he used his recovery period to perfect his welding skills. Over a long career, he has become one of the most important American sculptors, with his works installed internationally. He was awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 2010.
Di Suvero has created a number of sculptures honoring culturally significant people. Others made monumental by di Suvero include poet Marianne Moore, composer Beethoven, and ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. Each sculpture expresses qualities of the individual to whom the piece is dedicated. For Mother Teresa was originally installed in Chicago at Navy Pier, 1998-2000.