Finding some hidden gems at ArtPrize

ArtPrize Seven entries at 250 Monroe and Calder Plaza. (Sept. 27, 2015)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The pleasant weather drew big crowds to downtown Grand Rapids in the first weekend of ArtPrize Seven, but some people complained about the lack of outside art and “wow” pieces.

But there are some treasures if you know where to look. ArtPrize officials gave 24 Hour News 8 some tips on must-see pieces and venues.

Outside DeVos Place on Monroe Avenue, you may spot people throwing dishes. It’s part of the entry BREAKTHROUGH by Mark Bird, Laura Bennett and Randy Flood. ArtPrize-goers can participate in the art — and relieve some stress.

There’s also 250 Monroe, which is a new venue. It’s across from DeVos Place, but many people walk by without knowing there’s art to be found inside on the second and third floors.

There, you’ll find Linear Motion by Amie Adelman, which is made of yarn, and Whisper by Emily Kennerk, which is made up table settings moved by the sound of a whisper.

For art outdoors, you may want to try Calder Plaza, which seems to have taken The B.O.B.’s spot as the leading outdoors venue for this year’s competition.

I used to be an octopus by Lou Rodriquez, displayed at Calder Plaza. (Sept. 27, 2015)
(I used to be an octopus by Lou Rodriquez, displayed at Calder Plaza.)

Another good venue to check out is SiTE:LAB in the Rumsey Street neighborhood, which 24 Hour News 8 profiled last week on Daybreak.

ArtPrize spokesman Todd Herring had this tip for finding other gems: “Just keep walking. Just keep moving.”

ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition, runs through Oct. 11 this year.

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