Flat Iron at the Ledyard

Russell Cooper's avatar Russell Cooper

2015’s ArtPrize piece “Flat Iron at the Ledyard” features a singular location made to look like a collage of viewpoints (just the opposite of 2014’s ArtPrize piece “For Your Amusement”, a collage of multiple locations made to look like one imaginary and fantastical place). It is an old-school method of cutting and pasting real prints, with little or no Photoshop involved. The subject location is at Ottawa and Monroe Center in the heart of Grand Rapids, site of the Flat Iron Building on the Ledyard Block. Originally constructed in 1860, it’s one of three of the oldest historical buildings in downtown GR, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “Flat Iron at the Ledyard” is photographed over several months, with many times of day, many kinds of weather, and many types of pedestrian and automobile traffic patterns. If a picture is worth a “thousand” words, how about one made up of a “thousand” pictures? Experience this focal point of West Michigan commerce, art, architecture, and history.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: photography
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 20 inches