You don’t need to be an expert to experience and enjoy ArtPrize! This 18-day, city-wide event is enjoyed by people of all ages, including kids! Below is a list of some of the best kid-friendly exhibits that will encourage curiosity and imagination.
Artist: Shane Evans
Venue: Peppinos Downtown
Robot Resurrection is a 30 foot tall, human piloted, articulating, fire shooting sculpture made from 90% recycled materials and reclaimed airplane parts. From the torso cockpit, the operator(s) manipulate the Robot’s motions and fire effects. Night time displays include lasers and various lighting effects.
Artist: Michelle Kliman
Venue: David. D. Hunting YMCA
Shape Maze is a site-specific, interactive installation of colorful tracks which are navigated by large, 3D shapes. The public is invited to return to their childhood by moving the shapes through the giant maze. Shape Maze provides a joyful moment for the young and young at heart, and celebrates the importance of play in our lives.
Artist: Tyler & Ashley Voorhees
Venue: Grand Rapids Public Museum
The Lamplighter is a 12.5 foot tall interactive sculpture constructed of hundreds of antiquated tools and wooden remnants. It features a long-limbed lamplighter sitting atop a tall bike, illuminating the night as he lights a streetlamp. The Lamplighter harks back to the early days when streets of most towns and cities were lit by gas lamps. By means of long poles, ladders, and even tall bikes, these lamps had to be lit each night as dusk turned to darkness. We all carry light within us and The Lamplighter symbolizes a collective connection to spread that light.
Artist: Judy A. Steiner
Venue: Canopy by Hilton
"My Grand Rapids" is a composite of many individual paintings of Grand Rapids buildings and points of interest. This grouping will have around 30-40 paintings ranging in sizes of 6x12", 12x12", 12x18", and 12x24". To encourage participation with the piece and ArtPrize, coloring pages of each image will be offered.
Artist: Mandy Cano Villalobos
Venue: Grand Rapids Public Museum
This project is an interactive installation that builds upon communal ideas of home, memory and belonging. The simple, house-like structure consists of an interior and exterior. The interior space is crammed with books, trinkets, toys, clothing, lamps, televisions, papers and other personal possessions, and is only accessible to viewers through a window barrier. The exterior surface is the site of viewer participation. Throughout the duration of ArtPrize, viewers will contribute symbols of home in the form of notes, photographs and objects. As the work progresses, the exterior wall becomes covered with these paper contributions.
Artist: Kelly Anderson
Venue: Fifth-Third Plaza
Each of these six dinosaurs will be themed to an industry impacted by COVID. The main program will have an Augmented reality experience where the Dino’s will come to life and interact in some form with the audience. The idea is to create a visually dynamic interactive display that educates the public on the impact, industries impacted by the pandemic.
Artist: Monte de Gallo
Venue: Gerald R. Ford Federal Building US Courthouse
This entry will encompass a menagerie of 8 life-like and life-size sculptures of African animals and 1 life-size rainbow glitter unicorn - all made of salvage steel over the the course of 9 years. This exhibit will allow spectators the ability to enjoy these magnificent and mystical creatures out of captivity.By Kati Molhoek on