WHAT IS ART? WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? WHO IS THE JUDGE?
“I am an artist, art fan and one of the biggest believers in letting our fair city shine. Having lived most of my forty years here I watched this shy Midwest town bloom. There are many of us, myself included, that believe our cities progression in technology, business, mindsets and amazingly strong arts community rivals the coolest places that drip off your tongue. Look around you people. The reason our city looks so pretty temporarily adorned with paintings, shiny objects and full of excited fans and onlookers is because we have been beautiful all along and it is now time to shine.”
“I applaud all of the Grand Rapids artists who have thrown their hat into this crazy ring and the community for being so supportive. The world is watching so let’s show them our good side. The only way we as a city don’t win at this amazing event is if we don’t all show up! That responsibility lies upon all of our shoulders because all have a stake in showing the world that not only are we in your rear view mirror but in many ways we are passing you and ready to take the lead.”
“We chose to go big with Nessie because we wanted to show the world what we think of our Grand Rapids. The genesis of this project is years in the making with many hands and heads involved. Relationships, regulations, logistics, finances and other big words have been tried and tested to get this from a sketch to that of bringing a myth to life. I hope that comes through in this piece.”
Go Grand Rapids and go Artprize!
artist and resident