ArtPrize is an amazing array of art of any kind, displayed at many different venues, all competing for large prizes. This is my third year going, and it’s been around now for nine years. A lot of people in my area enjoy visiting the city of Grand Rapids to view the art. Even people who don’t like art. There’s something for everyone and it’s impossible to see it all. For example, Big Joe’s Worlds Largest Bean Bag Chair that is going into the Guinness Book of World Records this year, but we were too far away to walk a few blocks just to see that. Oh, well.
Here’s some of what I did see and enjoy.
Five Favorite ArtPrize Entries
This is one of the first pieces of art that I saw at Art Prize this year. I love how Michael Duran created this with the swirls of paint and how it creates this pathway. I also took a few up close pictures and have one set as my iPhone background.
A beautiful landscape by Marie Wohadlo, and when you look close enough, you can see that it’s made from tiny glass beads. Around 168,603 in quantity.
3. TARDIS Shared Library
I spotted the large, wooden, time and space traveling machine from half a block away. Then, I nearly ran into oncoming traffic in my excitement to see it up close. This version of Doctor Who’s TARDIS means: Totally Awesome Reading Dispensary in Society. It’s a library, the take a book leave a book kind. Because books are fantastic!
This polished stainless steel piece by Ryan T. Schmidt was spotted outside the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. It caught the reflection of the large fountain it was situated next to.
5. A. Lincoln
A portrait of Abraham Lincoln, made of approximately 24,500 Lincoln pennies. Richard Schlatter is the creator of this masterpiece and won the Public Vote Grand Prize!
ArtPrize is only around for 19 days at the beginning of fall, so if you want to see it, you don’t have much time. My husband and I waited a week, it was the difference of ninety degree weather, and sixty. My parents came too, it’s always more fun to go with a group because no one sees a piece of art the same way you do. That reminds me of a quote from a favorite author of mine: