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Dave MacKenzie

Spring Lake, MI, United States

Originally from Detroit, I mostly grew up in west Michigan, and for 30 years my career has been as business owner, horticulturist, writer and product developer (of plants, green roof systems, and most recently planted wall systems). As a kid, and throughout my college years I enjoyed drawing, taking various art classes, and occasionally I dabbled in graphic art (silk screening a few posters and T-shirts to help pay for college expenses). Later, my career and other interests took over, and as is often the case, I didn't take time for artistic endeavors. ArtPrize, for me, is an opportunity to rekindle my interest in art, and very conveniently, it is an opportunity to combine this with my love of horticulture. In this case, I'm using my LiveWall system as a giant canvas, and dozens of colorful plants as the paint. The growing of these plants, from seeds and cuttings, has been educational, and their application to Breathe has been inspirational. My hope is that each visitor will form an emotional/intellectual/physical connection to this piece, and be inspired to contemplate a constructed world that breathes oxygen, conserves energy, and softens our concrete-metal-glass surroundings.

Dave's ArtPrize Entries

These are Dave's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

Dave's Past Work

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