Pure Michigan

Franz / Elsass

"Pure Michigan" consists of a large abstract painted on weathered steel by Mike Elsass and six photos by Bill Franz. The project will be done with support from three companies, each of whom has been part of the Grand Rapids business community for over a century - American Seating, Michigan Wheel, and Padnos Recycling. Mike's abstracts often use industrial waste materials to create interesting rust patterns in the steel or to add texture. The ArtPrize piece will incorporate waste materials from these three local companies. The photos here show three examples of Mike's work, but not the actual abstract for ArtPrize 10. That will be made this summer. Bill will take six of his photos of Michigan people and places and combine them with photos of segments of Mike's "Pure Michigan" abstract painting. Three examples of combining Michigan photos with Mike's abstracts are shown here. The actual photos used at ArtPrize 10 will be selected this summer.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: painting, photography
  • Width: 8 feet (total for all pieces)
  • Year created:
  • Height: 8 feet

About Franz / Elsass

The team consists of two people - abstract artist Mike Elsass and photographer Bill Franz