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Opinion: My take on Artprize so far this Year
Opinion: My take on Artprize so far this Year

My friend Pat & I went downtown for Artprize on opening day, Wednesday, September 23rd. Lots to see but we did not see anything that actually jumped out at us, like WOW! Have our expectations become too high because of all the awesome and unusual art displays we have seen in the past 6 years?

One picture did take us by surprise in the walkway from DeVos Place over to the Grand Plaza. It is a picture of a bridge, done in a brushed aluminum affect and it looks like you can actually step on it and cross over. So realistic that I actually got dizzy and a little on the nausea side, like it draws you in. Very unusual.

We were disappointed though when we got to the BOB parking lot, only to find Food Trucks and picnic tables and none of the trucks were open and basically, no art displays. There were a couple art pieces by the door on the Fulton St. side of the building and lots to see on two floors inside. I learned just today, the reason for this. The BOB actually thought they would be under construction by this time for the new 14-story building they are putting up adjacent to their building so they did not sign up artists for the parking lot area. Let’s see what next year brings!

In the meantime, take the time to get downtown in Grand Rapids, MI. The weather could not be more beautiful for strolling through the streets and enjoying all there is to see.

Oh, and be sure to stop by the WZZM13 Broadcast area inside the Ford Museum while visiting Artprize.