ArtPrize 2013


My mom asked if I wanted to go to ArtPrize.  She watches my nephew on Thursday so we thought it would be a great outing with the two little ones.  I had never been to ArtPrize before so I said yes.

ArtPrize has been put on for the past 5 years in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  It is the largest art competition in the world and there is nothing else like it.  A total of 169 venues host art throughout the city.

Once we arrived we were immediately immersed in art.  It was everywhere, even in the Grand River.  That is one of the pieces I first noticed as we were driving in.  I thought it was so cool!

Silkwaves by Al and Laurie Roberts

Once we parked we were in Devos Place, one of the venues.  Here it was indoors and everywhere we turned there was art.  Some art was awesome, and some I just did not get.

Michigan Forest: The Future of Genetic Manipulation
Michigan Forest: The Future of Genetic Manipulation on an Eco System by Rob Vander Zee


This piece (these two pictures are all one piece, it just wouldn't fit it one shot)I thought was amazing.  It was very large and beautiful.  The colors and the detail was like nothing I had ever seen before.  It also brought to light the issue of genetic manipulation.  Good art makes you think, brings an issue to light in a way that you never have seen  before.





Here is an example of one I just did not get.  I know art is supposed be interpreted, but sometimes, I just could not figure it out.


Grieving Coats
Grieving Coats by Amy Larimer

This was one of my favorite pieces, it was located outside.  The sun shone on it and it seemed like it glowed. (I don't know why it turned sideways, and I can't figure out how to fix it.  I really want to show it so I am going to leave it up).  It was made with aluminum tiles, wood frame, and steel wire.  The tiles would move when the wind would blow.


TallBuddha by Philip Lynch

ArtPrize was a lot of fun.  I was surprised how busy it was on a Thursday afternoon.  There was a ton of people there.  We didn't have to wait in lines or anything, but it was pretty crowded at the venues.  I am so glad we got to go.  I will make it priority for all of us (my husband to) to go next year.  I did not realize I would like it so much.

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