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Tom Otterness Exhibit

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For anyone on the Michigan forum looking for a daytrip or photo opportunities, Tom Otterness, renowned Bronze sculpturists, will be displaying 35 of his sculptures around downtown Grand Rapids starting June 1st. Should make for some awesome photo opportunities. They've already installed two of them this week.

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I think they are strange, but I keep looking at them anyways. I just stand there and stare at the sculptures trying to figure out what they exactly mean.

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I wonder where this idea began. Lansing has had something similar for the past few years. The 2002 edition of Lansing's "Sculptures in the Streets" featured 20 bronze states by J. Seward Johnson Jr:

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And then 15 fiberglass decorative cars "Art Wheels" in 2004:

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Though, it's too gimmicky for me, it definitely does bring people downtown that may not have come down, otherwise, and gets them to look at the city in a new way.

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I wonder where this idea began.

Art on street corners probably dates back to Roman times, or maybe the ancient Egyptians.

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Here are some pictures I took of the art last Thursday/Friday. There is maps everywhere in GR showing where the locations and pictures of it.

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I think that the exhibit is a great collection of the diverse nature of what society finds acceptable and desirable as well as many of the social taboos all within short contact of each other. Additionally, the symbolism of the dramatic juxtaposition in these social elements is so subtle that they are almost subliminal.

Or the statures are just neat.

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