i have lots to say about my recent trip to michigan…. and i’m going to start here. my purpose was 3-fold: i wanted to reconnect with family and friends, spend some quality time at lake michigan and get a good dose of the amazing experience that is artprize. of the 3, i think artprize got a little shortchanged, but then it’s tough to fit everything in in just 5 short days! with 1,582 entries (from 41 countries) in 164 different venues, i really felt i only touched on the very tip of the iceberg.
|fooling around with my brother|
i did see enough to get a flavor for things, though, and to be thoroughly impressed with what i saw. i wrote about artprize last year (2nd annual) here and it is growing. over 400,000 visitors last year (including lots of kids and students!) … it is a complete, massive whole-city adventure that is completely unique and is putting the city of grand rapids (where i grew up) on the map.
|giant praying mantis|
|whimsical paper mache piece|
as you walk around the city and into some of the venues, you cannot help but be impressed by the level of diversity and creativity. (where do these people get their ideas???) some of the entries are gi-normous, even building-sized.
|wall-sized "power of women" drip painting|
or took ridiculous amounts of time to produce…..
|gorgeous, gigantic piece produced entirely with ballpoint pen|
|giant belt made of belts|
or are made of incredibly interesting materials.
|or postage stamps|
some of the pieces were interactive.....
and many of the artists were on hand to discuss their pieces
all i can say is that i love artprize and hope that it will be around for a long, long time!!