Tuesday, October 02, 2012

artprize - great fall trip

In my last post I quickly posted two pictures from a public art contest we visited last weekend. The contest is called ArtPrize and is too big to see in one day. They had 1517 entries in this year’s contest. The first contest was held in 2009. This art competition idea has been a grand idea for Grand Rapids, MI. The streets were crowded on the Saturday we strolled around the venues.

This shiny mirrored building was not a contest entry.  You can enjoy this reflective view on any sunny day in Grand Rapids.
 

   
Much of the art was humorous. Originality and creative fun mixes well. Who would of thought of a tub full of moose?





The surprise factor you get with certain angles produces that “oh, I get it” feeling. Art is about connection right? A few hundred picture frames neatly arranged on the floor. That’s nice. Oh I get it, why that face looks a little like me.






Some offered a chance to watch the artist creating. Many of them had the artist nearby to answer questions. My wife and MIL registered to vote. I thought I would post my opinions here. 

The variety of materials, shapes, and techniques were enough to turn your antlers blue. We saw only a small portion of the 161 venues. 
 




Regular followers might remember two odd gifts I received this past year which could be the offsprings of those metal mouth guys casting their shadow. Also, you might remember I’m a big Einstein fan. If the Frisbee had been around during Al’s life I bet he would have tossed a few in a special relative direction. 
 





Great weather, nice city, but the walking and crowds do tend to get you a dragon. 





22 comments:

Bearman Cartoons said...

Love it. Looks like fun time. Though you have more hair than that guy

lisleman said...

thanks - yes it appears so. The white beard and glasses match.

CaliforniaGirl500 said...

That looks so entertaining. The moose in the tub would go BIG up here in Live Free or Die (if you hit a moose) New Hampshire. I really like the iron or sheet metal creatures with the sharp teeth.

lisleman said...

Ha I didn't know they added "if you hit a moose" to your state motto.
thanks

Reena Walkling said...

Looks like a great day ... amazing the various art forms.

lisleman said...

It was a great day with more art than we could take in.
thanks

Lilly said...

Oh that looks great fun. There are so many clever artists in the world. I would have loved to have seen this. Love the picture frames, that is incredibly creative. Great pictures too.

lisleman said...

thanks - I don't know the number international entries but they do come from all over.

GB DB said...

What a great idea. Some of the pictures are beautiful, I love the mirror idea and the dragon and the large painting. Okay, I just love them all.

lisleman said...

thanks there were many that we did not see but you can find them at the ArtPrize web site.

unknownmami said...

Pretty fantastic.

Secret Agentwoman said...

Looks like a fabulous event. Seems like cities have really been embracing art in recent years.

Single Mom in the South said...

Actually, crowds really do make me drag, but thanks for the laugh!

lisleman said...

glad the pun worked. thanks

lisleman said...

I believe art has changed. There seems to be more forms of it than before. thanks

lisleman said...

thanks

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Wow, that is truly a cool event. I wish I had known that was there when I only lived 1.5 hours away! So glad you shared all these awesome pics with us!!!

lisleman said...

Looks like you need to plan it for next year. It's probably still growing in size. thanks

longhollow said...

What a fabulous art show!! It almost makes me sad I live so far south! I'll have to see if any cities near me hold something like this.

lisleman said...

Austin (I drove by it once) always seemed like an artsy type of city. I would think they would have big art fairs.

Tami said...

That is quite a collection of different art. Pretty cool, if you ask me!

lisleman said...

yes it was - thanks

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