Untitled, by Mark di Suvero, c.1965

Mark di Suvero, Artist
Untitled , c. 1965

Welded steel
24 in. (61 cm) tall
Credit Line
Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Leon O. Banks, Los Angeles. Photo by Ed Glendinning

The smaller welded-steel sculptures that Mark di Suvero created in the 1960s, using mainly found materials, greatly influenced the larger, site-specific, and participatory sculptural installations that he has come to be known for. In 1966 di Suvero built the Artists' Tower of Protest, an antiwar sculpture for which many artists donated work, among them Melvin Edwards, Betye Saar, and Charles White. Di Suvero lived and worked in Los Angeles during the time that John Outterbridge was creating the Containment Series sculptures, and he lent Outterbridge the power tools to complete them.