The newest art piece installed at Grand Valley's Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health is a sculpture hoisted by a crane to its place on a fifth-floor terrace.
The special installation on August 27 was necessary to properly place the 1,200-pound sculpture, a life-sized horse that is cast bronze. The piece by renowned sculptor Deborah Butterfield, titled "Char," was driven from a Chicago gallery to Grand Rapids before ending its journey with the airborne placement.
The sculpture is made possible by generous gifts from donors Dan and Pamella DeVos, Jim and Donna Brooks, Randy Damstra ’82 and Julie Duisterhof, GVSU President Emeritus Arend D. and Nancy Lubbers, and William Lieberman ‘79.
“Char” is a significant addition to GVSU's art collection — the second largest in the state — and to the collection of more than 400 pieces of artwork placed throughout the facility, a process that was guided in part by a community committee that included fashion designer and lead building donor Pamella DeVos.