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Art Around the Corner

You’ll find art around virtually every corner in Grand Rapids, thanks to a longstanding public arts program and the avid support of an art-hungry populace. In 2009, Grand Rapids art went global with the launch of ArtPrize, a revolutionary competition that blankets downtown with fifteen hundred or so works of art in what has become the world’s largest public art event.

  • 1.

    Ecliptic

    Ecliptic

    Rosa Parks Circle is the setting for “Ecliptic,” a unique sculpture by Maya Lin.

  • 2.

    The River's Edge

    The River's Edge

    An abstract steel sculpture that expresses the nature of life near the river.

  • 3.

    Motu Viget

    Motu Viget

    “Motu Viget” is the official city motto of Grand Rapids.

  • 4.

    River's Edge Environment Sculpture

    River's Edge Environment Sculpture

    This sculpture is hidden in plain view, incorporated into the city’s Grand River Flood Wall.

  • 5.

    Rosa Parks Statue

    Rosa Parks Statue

    A bronze structure dedicated to the woman known as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”

  • 6.

    Steel Water

    Steel Water

    In 1945, Grand Rapids became the first city in the world to add fluoride to its drinking water.

  • 7.

    Spirit of Solidarity

    Spirit of Solidarity

    This memorial represents a 10-year labor of love by the Labor Heritage Society of West Michigan.

  • 8.

    La Grande Vitesse

    La Grande Vitesse

    A French phrase meaning “The Great Swiftness,” which is a nod to the city’s namesake river rapids.

  • 9.

    Lorrie's Button

    Lorrie's Button

    Measuring 14 feet across and pierced with four holes large enough to poke a head through.

  • 10.

    Civic Auditorium Reliefs

    Civic Auditorium Reliefs

    Grand Rapids' first public auditorium built in 1933.

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