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Grand Rapids 1999

Charles & Diane Helmholdt

GRAND RAPIDS 1999 - “A glimpse of the future, imagined from the year eighteen hundred and ninety nine a.d.” - Charles & Diane Helmholdt - Fanciful flying machines, crystal palaces, and elevated railways inspired futuristic visions in the late nineteenth century. The rapid advancement of industrialization and technology led many to imagine a steam-powered world built of glass and wrought iron. While these visions seemed futuristic at the time, they now feel whimsical and humorous. GRAND RAPIDS 1999 is a handdrawn Victorian themed, pen and ink rendering of an outrageous vision for the city. It incorporates vintage banners, flourishes and fonts. The artists present GRAND RAPIDS 1999 as a playful and nostalgic look into the future-that-never-was.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 4 inches
  • Medium: Pen & Ink
  • Width: 56 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 46 inches

About Charles & Diane Helmholdt

Charles and Diane Helmholdt are a husband and wife creative duo who have been in the business of design together for the past four decades. The couple lives in Grand Rapids where they have practiced commercial and interior design since 1991. Charles and Diane’s portfolio includes creative work for Disneys Imagineering in the development of EuroDisney along with numerous corporate, retail, and entertainment clients. They studied design at Kendall College and Ferris State University respectively. The couple were inspired to draw “GRAND RAPIDS 1999” 26 years ago when they were strongly influenced by Victorian-era design after their time at Disney. The print has been updated for ArtPrize 2017.