Downtown tire swing sculpture breaks; two injured

11:06 PM, Sep 27, 2013   |    comments
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The broken tire swing

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- After standing for 36 years next to Calder Plaza and carrying thousands of riders, the landmark tire swing sculpture downtown is broken.

The cable holding the big tire snapped Friday afternoon while two children were aboard. They were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and for the moment and to the disappointment of many, the Di Suvero Swing is out of commission.

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The swing is part of a sculpture known as 'Motu Viget,' which is Grand Rapids' official motto, meaning "strength in activity" in Latin.  It was installed behind the Gerald Ford Federal building in 1977 by artist Mark Di Suvero.

The Di Suvero Swing is on federal property and is maintained by the General Services Administration.

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