Opening Day

The opening day of Art Prize 8 is here. The day stated off with a thunderstorm so instead of heading to Grand Rapids first thing in the morning we waited until the rain let up and the thunder stopped (for Copper’s sake). We arrived in GR around 10:30 and one of out first stops was of course DeVos Center to see Carl’s piece hung on the wall. I was very fun to see a few people grouped around the photo as we were making our way up to it.IMG_8473.jpg

We spent the rest of the day walking all around the downtown area to see the art work. There is so much we missed, but again, there is so much we saw!

Loved seeing the trout bicycle!


The creator of this ball is actually living in it during Art Prize.



This wheel chair was made out of plastic toy soldiers.


This was a giant marble run!







Love Finds Us….photos of hearts found serindipidously in nature.


This sturgeon was created out of sand and took the artist about 1 full week of work on site to create. If some one sneezes….the sand is blown around. It was meant to illustrate the fragility of life. IMG_8447.jpg

A close up of sturgeon…incredibly detailed work.



The picture below was created with duct tape!


Fused glass



Crocheted flax



Upcycled bottle caps submitted by a middle school


One very interesting piece was a 12 hour video showing men sweep away time. The video actually showed the current time. The time in the video is 2:21  See the video HERE

and so much more.





Art Prize 8

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“ArtPrize is a radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury that takes place each fall in Grand Rapids—and it’s all free and open to the public”.

We dropped off Carl’s Art Prize entry at the DeVos Center on Monday. We also took advantage of some of the entries that were viewable during the preview period. Art Prize officially opens Wednesday, Sept 21 at noon. This year their are 1,453 entries displayed at 170 different venues.

ArtPrize is recognized as the most-attended public art event on the planet according to The Art Newspaper, and was recently highlighted in The New York Times’ 52 Places To Go in 2016.

The streets are marked with various pathways to follow. Here I am on the central city pathway.


Here is just a sampling of some of the entries we saw on Monday.IMG_8436.jpg


The entry below is created from screw heads of different colors and depths!IMG_8384.jpg

These two entries were made of blocks of wood cut at different angles. No paint or stain used. With my spacial deficits it is incomprehensible how the artist did this! Incredible!!


This is another in the same vein….without the light on, no image….turn the light on and viola!


So realistic….both cool and creepy at the same time.


Crayons nestled in the crooks of trees outside of the Grand Rapids Public MuseumIMG_8421.jpg




These are collected daylily stems that create shadows and patterns on the mounting material.


….and finally a view of the iconic Blue Bridge as seen from the grounds of the Public Museum.


more to come. We are waiting out a thunderstorm before heading out to the official start of Art Prize 8. Voting starts at noon. Can’t wait to get my “art on”!