I enjoy art, and this was an opportunity for me to see some of the coolest pieces that I have seen in a long time, while enjoying a little time in one of my favorite places - Center City.
Brodey had such a good time as well. He loves to go downtown and see all the big buildings and the busy streets. In his eyes Grand Rapids is a big city; and because we live on a dirt road and have a corn field in our back yard, it's a big deal for him to go there. I can understand his enthusiasm though, I am a big fan myself; it is such a charming little city.
Here are some pictures we snapped on our adventure:
These pillars are made from pieces of cut-up paper. It reminded me of a forest and I love trees, so I loved this. Brodey had fun walking through them too.
This wall was covered with tiny colored circles that looked like to be about the consistency of a guitar pick. Then in front of the wall were these circle magnified pieces of glass that were hung from the ceiling with fishing line. You could like through the different circles at the colorful wall behind them. So simple, but so amazing!
This piece was just a bunch of twine hung from a frame suspended from the ceiling. I pushed Brodey through it and he held out his hands and let the twine go through them. It was neat.
This "Tonku" truck was made by a guy from just about scratch. The only thing he didn't make was the frame that the truck was built on. It was made exactly to scale and yes, it even worked! I would have loved to see him drive that into the parking lot! I think this one got Brodey's vote.
This Pray Mantis was as big as it looks here in this picture, HUGE! I can't even begin to describe the awesomeness of this piece. I'm sure this artist will have no trouble selling this one. It looks like something that should be outside of a zoo or museum.
Oh my goodness, I loved this guy! He is using colored sand to make that design on the ground. You can view a really cool video of him doing this on the ArtPrize website. He erases his work at the end of each day and starts a new one so that people can watch him do this. Every single day that ArtPrize is happening - for two weeks! Now that's dedication!
This was a neat little building that was made out of wood from an old building that had been destroyed in a fire.
I can't remember much about this piece, just that I really liked it and I stood there forever staring at it. Brodey even said "Mommy can we move on now?"....