Furniture City

Mike & Elyssa Vote Code: 65039

“Furniture City” is an 8-foot-tall large scaled bench with the skyline of Grand Rapids as the background and its iconic Blue Bridge and Gillett Bridge as the arm rests. The bench is made out of new and recycled wood to lower its impact on the environment. The piece is a tribute to the history of Grand Rapids, Michigan with its roots in design and manufacturing of furniture. In the 1800’s the city became a major lumbering center. Logs were floated down the Grand River to be milled in the city and shipped via the Great Lakes. By the end of the century, it was established as the premier furniture-manufacturing city of the United States. After an international exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, Grand Rapids became recognized worldwide as a leader in the production of fine furniture and got its nickname “Furniture City”. Grand Rapids furniture became synonymous with well-crafted American furniture. We plan to incorporate technology and the public’s participation to hold a photo contest with the art piece. The public will be encouraged to take pictures of themselves with the piece utilizing the app Instagram. The top 5 pictures will receive a free t-shirt with a simplified design of our piece, “Furniture City,” on it promoting our piece and Art Prize. Our artwork emphasizes how design, industry, and hard-working Americans can create an urban community that redefines what it means to be an American city. 

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3.5 Ft
  • Medium: Wood
  • Width: 10 Ft
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 8 Ft

About Mike & Elyssa

Mike and Elyssa are both 25 years old and have been roommates for the past 3 years here in Grand Rapids. Mike is originally from the Detroit area has experience in art and design. While Elyssa is a Grand Rapids native who has a passion for wood working. Together we plan on creating a giant piece for the city to enjoy.