For decades Grand Rapids, Michigan was known as “furniture city”. Furniture design and manufacture was prominent in this western Michigan city throughout most of the 1900’s. As furniture production faded, a new force began to rise: Art!
In 1969 Grand Rapids dedicated the first NEA grant for public art, Le Grande Vittesse by Alexander Calder.
In 1999 Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse, a stunning 24′ bronze sculpture was dedicated among other sculptures at Frederick Meijer Gardens (500 years to the day the original clay sculpture was destroyed by invading forces in Italy).
Artprize is the most recent installment of sculpture across Grand Rapids. Offering nearly 0.5 million dollars in prize money (and $250,000 to the artist receiving the most public votes) the venue includes a life sized water monster (a la Nessie from Loch Ness) in the Grand River, a field of “cedar sapiens”, a 15 ton table and chairs perched atop the blue bridge spanning the Grand River and over 100 other installments.
And, by the way, the first LEED certified art gallery in the world opened in 2007 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the GRAM.
Just another example of something Found
This week’s content contributed by: John Kennedy, CMG