SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers)

A+J Art+Design Vote Code: 66544

SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) makes a connection between the Grand River and all the rivers and seas that people have crossed for millennia in search of shelter, freedom, prosperity and safety. The figures, which are painted the color of traffic cones or life vests, might suggest the waves of immigration on which the city of Grand Rapids and the nation are largely built and they might recall current global migration trends. Each of the 22 cast-foam figures represents more than one million of the UNHCR’s estimated 22.5 million refugees in the world today. Animated by the environment, the group of Swimmers take on a life of their own. Changing weather conditions and different viewpoints give the installation a range of meanings. Instagram: #SOSswimmers

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 50 feet
  • Medium: Cast foam figures, PVC conduit, anchoring system, and buoy paint.
  • Width: 30 feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 3 feet