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ArtPrize - The Top Ten

Who gets your Top 10 ArtPrize Vote?   69 members have voted

  1. 1. Who gets your Top 10 ArtPrize Vote?

    • winddancer 2 - Michael Westra
      0
    • Open Water no.24 - Ran Ortner
      19
    • The Furniture City Sets the Table for the World of Art
      2
    • Nessie on the Grand - Nessie Project
      7
    • Moose - Bill Secunda
      6
    • Ecstasy of the Scarlet Empress - Jason Hackenwerth
      2
    • Field of Reeds - John Douglas Powers
      10
    • The Grand Dance - David Lubbers
      6
    • Imagine That! - Tracy Van Duinen
      11
    • Portraits - Eric Daigh
      6

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winddancer 2 - Michael Westra

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Image from GRDad's Flickr

Open Water no.24 - Ran Ortner

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Image from detroit_import's Flickr

The Furniture City Sets the Table for the World of Art

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Image from JohnE's Flickr

Nessie on the Grand - Nessie Project

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Image from GRDad's Flickr

Moose - Bill Secunda

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Image from GRDad's Flickr

Ecstasy of the Scarlet Empress - Jason Hackenwerth

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Image from im_alex's Flickr

Field of Reeds - John Douglas Powers

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Image from Blues Belle's Flickr

The Grand Dance - David Lubbers

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Image from GRDad's Flickr

Imagine That! - Tracy Van Duinen

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Portraits - Eric Daigh

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Image from detroit_import's Flickr

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Looks like dumping garbage bags of colored paper airplanes off a building is still just dumping garbage off a building and not actually something artistic! I'm pretty happy with the top 10. I haven't seen all of them about I voted ups for about 4 of them.

On another note, its been fantastic seeing the crowds of people downtown. Even on a Sunday! If only we had steady pedestrian traffic ike this we might have ourselves an Urban Outfitters or an H&M, or a downtown Walgreens, movie theater etc. I was surprised to see as many businesses closed or understaffed as I did on Sunday. I went to Cambridge House and it took over an hour for two of us to get in and out. At least 6 or 8 tables walked out before getting service. Literally 25 people or so. Way to represent GR to tourists, suburbanites and urban locals! Sheesh!

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Thanks jbr12! I had to go with the kinetic sculpture "Field of Reeds" by John Douglas Powers. I love art that is firmly planted in the left and right hemispheres of the brain. :)

4 of the top 10 are just plain ridiculous that they made it.

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I agree. The thing about Field of Reeds is that you really have to see it in person. The movement of the reeds and sound of the squeeky motor/parts help make it an entire experience.

Joe

Thanks jbr12! I had to go with the kinetic sculpture "Field of Reeds" by John Douglas Powers. I love art that is firmly planted in the left and right hemispheres of the brain. :)

4 of the top 10 are just plain ridiculous that they made it.

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I'm having a difficult time picking a #1. Haven't decided yet, but so far I am leaning towards The Grand Dance. It fits its location superbly, the style blends well with the JW, gives a reason to look out into the river without dominating over the river -- reminds me almost of a school of fish -- and is a piece that I could easily see fitting as a permanent fixture if it weren't for the ice floes in winter. My only complaint with it is that its structural base doesn't quite fit, but I'm assuming that was done so it can be showcased elsewhere if need be.

As for field of reeds, I agree. I tend to shy away from farm-related things, but it's really a great piece and is competing with Grand Dance for me.

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I agree. The thing about Field of Reeds is that you really have to see it in person. The movement of the reeds and sound of the squeeky motor/parts help make it an entire experience.

Joe

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I voted for Open Water. To be 100% honest, I'm not sure that or the Field of Reeds would have been in my top 10 if they weren't so expertly displayed in the same room as each other. Those two pieces should travel together. :)

Anyway, my top 3:

Open Water

Field of Reeds

Ecstacy of the Scarlet Empress

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I like the way Field of Reeds interacts with Open Water. At first I thought they were one work or a collaborative effort. Squat down by Field of Reeds and look toward Open Water and you'll get what I mean. Would be a great installation.

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AAAUUUGGGHHHH!! Fingernails --> blackboard.

I volunteered at Old GRAM (please stop calling it the Old Federal Building) on "Art-ucation" Day. And selected the lobby over the galleries for exactly this reason.

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AAAUUUGGGHHHH!! Fingernails --> blackboard.

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But it is an old Federal Building (post office?). Isn't it? It was only an art museum for a relatively short period of its life.

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" The building was first opened in 1911, it housed courts and the central post office. It was home to the Grand Rapids Art Museum from 1981 to 2007."

As the current users, I would call it whatever ArtPrize calls it. They call it "Old Federal Building." So will I.

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" The building was first opened in 1911, it housed courts and the central post office. It was home to the Grand Rapids Art Museum from 1981 to 2007."

As the current users, I would call it whatever ArtPrize calls it. They call it "Old Federal Building." So will I.

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Most of the citizenry I've spoken with said that they did not know it had ever been a federal/post office building. Had some 'splainin' to do.

"Old GRAM" flows trippingly off the tongue, and was readily understood by anyone who was in town for those 26 years.

As a redshirt, I have passed along many comments to the A/P folk.

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Sheesh, why don't we give confusing names to all the venues. City Hall can be "Alexander." DVP can be "Rich."

And we can send frantic e-mails to everyone on the volunteer list advising them that they are scheduled to help tonight, or asking them to please sign up to volunteer. Oh wait, that's already happening.

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Veloise, will you please stop taking this topic off track? There is a general ArtPrize thread to lodge complaints.

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PedalGR ArtPrize Top Ten Extravaganza!

On Wednesday, October 7th, we

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PedalGR ArtPrize Top Ten Extravaganza!

On Wednesday, October 7th, we

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Open Water no. 24 and Field of Reeds are just way to plain for me. Imagine That! speaks mountains to me. Very inspirational and fitting for the Children's Museum and the city of Grand Rapids.

~John

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Open Water no. 24 and Field of Reeds are just way to plain for me. Imagine That! speaks mountains to me. Very inspirational and fitting for the Children's Museum and the city of Grand Rapids.

~John

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I was just telling my wife that Imagine That! is the most appropriate in the top 10, in that the combination of location + art is more fitting than any other installation. It does give it a little extra something IMO.

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Apparently, and I learned this from Twitter with two comparison shots, one of the images in the mural is from iStock. I don't know if that should sway my vote. Or do other voters even care?

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