ArtPrize Adventures: 10 ‘upcycled’ entries

Ten ArtPrize entries that feature items that would normally end up in a landfill. (File photos, ArtPrize)
Ten ArtPrize entries that feature items that would normally end up in a landfill. (File photos, ArtPrize)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)— Items that would normally wind up in a landfill will be instead on display during this year’s ArtPrize.

More than half a dozen artists transformed trash into treasured artwork that will be scattered across Grand Rapids during the 2015 competition.

They join a growing trend called “upcycling”—taking items that would normally be thrown out and finding a higher purpose for them.

Here are ten entries worth checking out:

 

“Hollywood in Crayola” by Victor Ramos

Life-size effigies of Tom Cruise and Angeline Jolie created using more than 60,000 crayons.

Both life-size statues took thousands of Crayola crayons to create. (File photo, ArtPrize)
Both life-size statues took thousands of Crayola crayons to create. (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: The B.O.B. – 20 Monroe Ave. NW

Display hours: Daily, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.


 

“Current Collections” by Embodied Energy Studio

A funnel-shaped canopy created out of recycled plastic and materials pulled from area waterways.

"Current Collections" is a canopy-like structure created out of recovered plastics. (File photo, ArtPrize)
“Current Collections” is a canopy-like structure created out of recovered plastics. (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Calder Plaza and Grand Rapids City Hall – 300 Monroe Ave. NW

Display hours: Daily, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.


 

“Uplift” by Jarrod Beck

Dozens of stacked up, worn conveyor belts create an air of industrial nostalgia.

"Uplift" by Jarrod Beck features a stack of worn conveyor belts. (File photo, ArtPrize)
“Uplift” by Jarrod Beck features a stack of worn conveyor belts. (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Calder Plaza and Grand Rapids City Hall – 300 Monroe Ave. NW

Display hours: Daily, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.


 

“Atlas Recycled” by Tom Tsuchiya

Primarily made from reused materials including maps, this piece also doubles as a recycling receptacle.

Made out of recycled maps, "Atlas Recycled" stands 7 feet tall. (File photo, ArtPrize)
Made out of recycled maps, “Atlas Recycled” stands 7 feet tall. (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: The B.O.B. – 20 Monroe Ave. NW

Display hours: Daily, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.


 

“Group Therapy” by Don Krauss

Sculptures made out of old auto parts.

Artist Don Krauss has created more than 20 animal and human sculptures out of old vehicle parts, which are normally on display at the auto shop where he works. (File photo, ArtPrize)
Artist Don Krauss has created more than 20 animal and human sculptures out of old vehicle parts, which are normally on display at the auto shop where he works. (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Arnie’s Bakery Kafe – 722 Leonard Street NW

Display hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


 

“Journey of a Lifetime” by Wendy Mutch

A wedding dress created out of recycled maps.

The wedding dress is made entirely of maps. (File photo, ArtPrize)
The wedding dress is made entirely of maps. (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Boardwalk GR Condominiums – 940 Monroe Ave. NW

Display hours: Daily, 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.


 

“The Eagle has Landed” by Tom Sheerin

A 10-foot sculpture created entirely out of cutlery and scrap metal.

Forks and knives form the head of Tom Sheerin's eagle. (File photo, ArtPrize)
Forks and knives form the head of Tom Sheerin’s eagle. (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: DeVos Place – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Display hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


 

“Artifact” by James Freeman

A 7-foot orb comprised of 640 cogs and other industrial components.

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“Artifact” is James Freeman’s first entry into ArtPrize. (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum – 272 Pearl Street NW

Display hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


 

“Hanging in the Balance” by Richard Morgan

Standing more than 6 feet tall, this sculpture of repurposed materials contains a bird’s nest at its center.

This 6'7" sculpture is entirely made of repurposed materials. (File photo, Thomas Photography via ArtPrize)
This 6’7″ sculpture is entirely made of repurposed materials. (File photo, Thomas Photography via ArtPrize)

Location: Calder Plaza and Grand Rapids City Hall – 300 Monroe Ave. NW

Display hours: Daily, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.


 

“New Beginnings” by Brittany Townsend

Approximately 54 inches from head to tail, this repurposed peacock is made of discarded metals.

"New Beginnings" by Brittany Townsend contains spoons and other metals that were repurposed. (File photo, ArtPrize)
“New Beginnings” by Brittany Townsend contains spoons and other metals that were repurposed. (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: DeVos Place – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Display hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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