Ford Building Hosts Five Artists During 'ArtPrize' Competition
From an eagle sculpture constructed of recycled lawnmower blades to the Grand Rapids skyline burned into a sheet of plywood, the Gerald R. Ford Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse played host to five artists' works from September 19 to October 7, 2012.
It was all part of "ArtPrize," an annual competition that has taken over downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, every fall for the past four years and draws in thousands of visitors. In the 2012 rendition 162 venues hosted 1,517 artists' entries.
The Ford Plaza display included “Made in the USA” by Steve Million, “Grand Rapids at the Heart of It” by Sara Doyon Danforth, “ReCYCLE Full Circle Bike Tree Series” by Sabine LeDieu, “The Blue Raccoon” by Melissa Machnee, and “Chained Dream” by Jim Pallas.
ArtPrize combines art and social media in the Downtown area, including pencil sketches, outdoor sculptures, and original music.
A total of $560,000 in prize money was awarded, $360,000 in the public vote category and another $200,000 in juried awards.
Click here to view the winners of the competition. The 2013 competition begins September 18 and runs through October 6.