GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – ArtPrize 8 is still several months away, but Friday, a vacant house was moved hundreds of feet away so that it can be transformed into an ArtPrize entry.
New York-based artist Julie Schenkelberg – an artist who previously took home an ArtPrize award – plans to carve the house into a piece of art and light it up at night.
The project is part of the SiTE:LAB venue in the Rumsey Street neighborhood. Habitat for Humanity donated the home, along with nine others, to SiTE:LAB to use as venues, and they’re slated to be torn down and replaced with new Habitat homes in 2017.
The house was originally located on Franklin Street,. But Friday, crews moved it about 300 feet to Rumsey Street.
Schenkelberg said the house was best-suited for her entry, and got permission to move it.
“This is the one that I want to make my sculpture out of… but it seemed a little crowded. There were other houses very close to it, like within 10 feet,” Schenkelberg said. “I was walking around with the curator of SiTE:LAB and I said, ‘What do you think about this house?’ And he said, ‘Well, I think we can move it for you.'”
Schenkelberg won the ArtPrize juried installation award in 2014. She plans to begin work on this year’s entry Saturday.
ArtPrize 8 kicks off on Sept. 21.