Art Prize 2015

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Yesterday I spent several hours walking around Art Prize 2015.  This is an annual art show in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The show takes place all throughout the downtown area; some exhibits are in buildings, some are outside as murals, sculptures in the river, and statues in fountains.  2015 marks the 7th year of Art Prize.  In just this short time it has become a wildly popular 3-week event that draws in thousands of people.

I am not an art critic.  I don’t know much about art at all.  However, I enjoy the creativity that goes into creating all these different pieces.  I’m amazed at the people who can look at some random pieces of silverware, nuts, and bolts, and create a frog-like creature with a bow and arrow.  Grand prize this year was a photography quilt, for lack of a better term.  It started off as a photograph, but as you made your way along the 15-foot span, the picture became a fabric quilt.

Out of all the neat pieces I saw yesterday, one really stuck out to me.  The piece was called “The Last Supper” and the artist was Julie Green.  You may be picturing an image of Jesus as the table with his disciples, but this piece was actually made up of 200+ plates.  Each plate had various food painted on it in blue.  These plates represented the last meal requested by inmates on death row.  I was totally held captive by this piece.  It was fascinating to see the trends along with the absurd.  Some were very touching, while others were nothing more than the standard issued meal the other prisoners were receiving.  I have posted a few pictures below, but to learn more about the project, artist, and see more pictures, you can check out Julie’s site.

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"Turned down final meal, but requested that a vegetarian pizza be given to a homeless person. Request denied by Tenn. Doc. However, the public sent 170 pizzas to a shelter."

“Turned down final meal, but requested that a vegetarian pizza be given to a homeless person. Request denied by Tenn. Doc. However, the public sent 170 pizzas to a shelter.”

"OK 20 March 1995 Please tell the media I did not get my Spaghetti-Os. I got spaghetti."

“OK 20 March 1995 Please tell the media I did not get my Spaghetti-Os. I got spaghetti.”

There were a lot of McDonald's, Wendy's, and KFC plates.

There were a lot of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and KFC plates.

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Gummy bears and M&Ms, why not

Gummy bears and M&Ms, why not

"He never had a birthday cake so we ordered a birthday cake for him and pizza."

“He never had a birthday cake so we ordered a birthday cake for him and pizza.”

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