Rob Bliss definitely had the ArtPrize project with the greatest audience participation. Twenty thousand people lined the streets of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Sunday and hummed the melody to Sigur Rós’ “Olsen Olsen” while Bliss and his crewed launched 100,000 paper airplanes from the tops of buildings.
John Merigian, an artist from Superior Township, Michigan, has entered Plaza Promenade in ArtPrize 2009. Seven thirteen-foot-tall steel figures make their way through the plaza at Fifth Third Center. Merigian has collected photos (including several of mine) in a Flickr gallery in which he describes the figures. You can see the gallery at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/42857393@N08/galleries/72157622311262303/#photo_3946618274
James A. FitzPatrick, “The Voice of the Globe,” narrates this 1949 travelogue of Michigan.
[Updated 9/26/09] ArtPrize officially began on Wednesday, September 23. The city is swarming with art and people enjoying art. Here’s a collection of photographs I have taken. I will add to the collection from time to time between now and October 10, when ArtPrize ends. So come back again.
Here are more photos taken this morning of ArtPrize entries.
See all my ArtPrize photos as I update them at .
The New York Times has a photo essay of readers photos from their summer travels around the world. Well worth a look. http://tinyurl.com/lad397