ArtPrize Adventures: 10 Grand River area entries worth visiting

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)— More than a dozen pieces of art border the Grand River this year for ArtPrize Seven, creating a perfect pathway to sample this year’s competition.

In the previous six years of ArtPrize, two of the top winners were on display in venues along the Grand River.

Other memorable entries also called the Grand River home, including ArtPrize 2009 finalist “Nessie,” which now floats in the pond at John Ball Park.

Here are ten pieces that hope to build on the success that comes with the Grand River:

 

“In the Beginning” by Ritsu Katsumata

A live, multi-media musical composition symbolizing the seven days of creation.

While "In the Beginning" is staged at Fish Ladder Park, Ritsu Katsumata is planning live musical performances in various locations. (File photo, ArtPrize)
While “In the Beginning” is staged at Fish Ladder Park, Ritsu Katsumata is planning live musical performances in various locations. (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Fish Ladder Park – 634 Front Ave. NW # 2

Display hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.


“Reach and Splash” by Andy Sacksteder

A pair of life-size bronze statues of teenagers meant to represent youth and spontaneity.

"Reach and Splash" is Andy Sacksteder's third entry into ArtPrize. (File photo, ArtPrize)
“Reach and Splash” is Andy Sacksteder’s third entry into ArtPrize. (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum – 303 Pearl Street NW

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


“Grand Rapids’ Living Room” by Norteaa x Tubes

A paint/marker mural featuring images of people captured on camera over the summer.

"Grand Rapids' Living Room" is a collaborative project by Joe Parsaca and Nick Nortier, who previously painted murals inside Mulligan's Pub. (2015 photos, ArtPrize)
“Grand Rapids’ Living Room” is a collaborative project by Joe Parsaca and Nick Nortier, who previously painted murals inside Mulligan’s Pub. (2015 photos, ArtPrize)

Location: Gillett Bridge

Display hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sunday, 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.


“Curated Love: To Be Continued…” by Alaina Clarke

An installation of hand-written love letters and old desks aimed at evoking “the lost beauty” of romance.

"Curated Love: To Be Continued" is Alaina Clarke's second entry into ArtPrize. (2015 photos, ArtPrize)
“Curated Love: To Be Continued” is Alaina Clarke’s second entry into ArtPrize. (2015 photos, ArtPrize)

Location: Gillett Bridge

Display hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sunday, 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.


“Untitled” by Daniel Elkin

Take a break on a bench framed by a steel overhang with lavender dangling above your head.

This is Detroit designer Daniel Elkin's first entry into ArtPrize. (2015 photo, ArtPrize)
This is Detroit designer Daniel Elkin’s first entry into ArtPrize. (2015 photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Gillett Bridge

Display hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sunday, 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.


“The Camper” by Jack O’Hearn

A restored ’74 Dodge RV featuring photographs of family, with coffee and games available for visitors.

"The Camper" is Indiana native Jack O'Hearn's first entry into ArtPrize. (2015 photo, ArtPrize)
“The Camper” is Indiana native Jack O’Hearn’s first entry into ArtPrize. (2015 photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Gillett Bridge

Display hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sunday, 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.


“Resting Place” by Heather Gordon

A folded, geometric cardboard structure with an entrance aligned to the total lunar eclipse taking place Sept. 27-28.

"Resting Place" is North Carolina native Heather Gordon's first entry into ArtPrize. (2015 photo, ArtPrize)
“Resting Place” is North Carolina native Heather Gordon’s first entry into ArtPrize. (2015 photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Lyon Square – 296 Lyon Street NW

Display hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.


“White Forest Project” by Oriano Galloni

Thirty-foot tall marble and stainless steel sculpture aimed at embodying “the classical concept of Greek purity.”

When assembled for ArtPrize 2015, "White Forest Project" will tower above the Grand River at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. (File photo, ArtPrize)
When assembled for ArtPrize 2015, “White Forest Project” will tower above the Grand River at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Outside the 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.


“Movement” by Craig Merchant

Filled and lit latex gloves that constantly move while floating on water.

Filled, lit gloves move freely in the water as part of "Movement." (File photo, ArtPrize)
Filled, lit gloves move freely in the water as part of “Movement.” (File photo, ArtPrize)

Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum

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


“Ascension” by Ryan T. Schmidt

Sunlight and surroundings reflect off this 14.5-foot stainless steel sculpture.

"Ascension" stands more than 14 feet. (2015 file photo, ArtPrize)
“Ascension” stands more than 14 feet. (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.

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