Saturday, October 23, 2010

ArtPrize 2010

It's fair to say that I live in one of the coolest, most exciting cities in Michigan or better. We have a million things to do here: apple orchards galore, museums, parks by the dozen, small town atmospheres, a zoo, botanical gardens, an awesome children's museum, etc. However, the best thing Grand Rapids ha brought into our lives lately is ArtPrize. Last year we enjoyed walking around downtown and exploring this new and different art competition. This year, we really tried to get the kids involved, to get them interested in art.

Grand Rapids had a huge storm blow through the night before the competition officially started. Since most of the outdoor art was already set up, it had to weather the storm. This piece didn't do so well - the bottom of it shattered. We actually got to see the artist fix this piece and start it up. Jayce really enjoyed it!

This is a sculpture made of metal that melted glass was being poured over. It was interesting to see the artists making it.
These elephant heads moved in the wind.
One of the art exhibits was several pianos painted and set out around the city. People were encouraged to play them, and the boys certainly got into it.
This huge portrait was made completely of Rubik's cubes.
Nana and Papa made it over for a weekend of ArtPrize too.
This is a live statue. He's incredibly talented and totally realistic.

The finished product of the melted glass.
When you laid on this platform, you could hear the music from the speakers above. Fun and interactive.
This beautiful piece of artwork is a mosaic made of glass. So beautiful!
This beach scene is made of many layers of ribbon and string. So interesting!

A gigantic penny made of pennies.

This is a close-up shot of the picture above. It was made from little plastic balls (or paint balls - I can't remember which) lined up in plastic tubes.
My kids were so patient waiting to play this gigantic xylophone.

This Grand Rapids city scape was made from a single piece of paper.
Waiting patiently in line to get into the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
The $250,000 winner. This is a pencil drawing - and you can see how big it is. Amazing.

We had an amazing time, exploring art and our city. Won't you consider journeying to Grand Rapids next fall to check out one of the coolest cities and art competitions in the world?


Jenney said...

WOW. That is awesome Mitt. I'd LOVE to go with you next year.

Oh, did you happen to get any ostrich pictures at the zoo on any of your trips? Or ANYTHING that starts with the letter "N"?

Kim M said...

great post of a great event and your boys were amazingly patient - I'm not into art but I am into ArtPrize!!! Cannot wait for next year - I'd like to take some vacation time and see more next year.

Kim M said...

Just took another look and had to tell you how cool that there are people in the pictures so you can see how huge some of these are pieces were!!!

Of course, it was also exciting to see so many people around in the downtown area!

Can't wait until next year!!

Rachel said...

We think we need to make a trip up for Art Prize next fall.