September marked the exciting return of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Part arts festival, part social experiment, the winners of this open-art competition are decided solely by public voting.
On display until Oct. 9, artwork of various mediums is scattered throughout the city. Pictured here is “Under Construction,” a living sculpture display presented by LiveStatue and Friends. Artist Robert Shangle and his son, Jasper Shangle, keep passers-by entertained outside of The B.O.B. downtown.
“Under Construction” represents the building on the future and a common scene in West Michigan: the constant changing, rebuilding and improving of the city.
Other artworks you may encounter on an ArtPrize tour might include “Dumpster Diver” outside the Amyway Grand Plaza, where artist Terry Brennan has used recycled materials to convey a deep-sea adventure. Or you may find yourself in front of “Words as Legacy” at Mercantile Bank of West Michigan. This work of art, by Francie Hester and Lisa Hill, turns loss into memory, and memory into dialogue. Hanging from paperclips are the words of two writers, both who’ve passed away from brain cancer.
For more information, visit www.artprize.org.
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