ArtPrize: 100,000 Paper Airplanes and 20,000 Participants

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.

“Plaza Promenade” at ArtPrize 2009



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:

Plaza Promenade is co-sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.