Meijer Gardens celebrates first ArtPrize Final 20 entry

ArtPrize Eight, Final 20, Ditch Lily Drawing, Nathan Lareau
Ditch Lily Drawing by Nathan Lareau, an installation entry in ArtPrize Eight displayed at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. (Courtesy ArtPrize)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A long-running ArtPrize venue is celebrating its first Final 20 entry this year.

Ditch Lily Drawing at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is the first ArtPrize entry at the venue to be chosen as a finalist by the public.

Nathan Lareau, a professor at Aquinas, is the artist who created and installed the piece which incorporates light, shadows, symmetry and the regionally-recognized plant.

“They [visitors] thought that they [the shadows] were like painted on the wall,” said Lareau, “which I think is kind of refreshing to hear because I am calling it a drawing like the shadows sort of are drawing lines on the wall.”

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“This is a perfect case in point where art really needs to be seen in person and you get such a different experience than seeing something re-produced in a book or online,” said Joseph Becherer, chief curator at Meijer Gardens.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is also a juried finalist for Outstanding ArtPrize Eight Venue.

“Out here at the Gardens it’s easy to get to and there’s plenty of parking, but we’re not in that main drag downtown so it has been great to see — literally within an hour after this piece was named the line started building up front. So certainly what happens in terms of the vote and the venues being recognized makes an impact on the venues themselves,” added Becherer.

The winners of the world’s largest art competition will be announced at the ArtPrize Awards show at 7 p.m. Friday on WOOD TV8 and ArtPrize will host a community watch party for the finale at Rosa Parks Circle, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.

ArtPrize Eight ends Oct. 9.



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