Mark di Suvero For Older Children

Silhouette of sculpture

Clock Knot


Mark di Suvero

American, born in China 1933

Subject: Balance

Activity: Creating a sculpture that balances

Materials: Acrylic paint (optional), chopsticks, pencils, or Popsicle sticks; adhesive tape, glue, string, or twist ties

Vocabulary: Angle, balance, crane, lift, vertical


Mark di Suvero often uses large steel beams to create his sculptures. His sculptures are so large that he has to use a crane to lift the beams and set them in place. Di Suvero works in New York City and is influenced by the construction of massive skyscrapers. In his works, he is interested in balance and lift. Clock Knot balances well on four beams, despite its precarious angles. It is called Clock Knot because it looks a little like a giant clock face with a clock hand that extends from the center.


Do you think the sculpture looks balanced? How difficult do you think it was for di Suvero to achieve balance?

Walk around the sculpture. How does the sculpture change? Walk under the sculpture. What is it like looking up from underneath the sculpture?

Do you think this sculpture looks like a clock? Why or why not?


Collect a variety of objects such as chopsticks, pencils, or Popsicle sticks. Try to balance the objects together using adhesive tape, glue, string, or twist ties. When you are done, paint your sculpture with acrylic paint if you like.


Angle - two lines that extend from the same point

Balance - to keep steady

Crane - a machine for raising, shifting, and lowering heavy weights

Lift - lifting up or elevating; an elevation of the spirit

Vertical - positioned upright, like a flagpole, and opposite of horizontal