Digital Storytelling and Visitor Analytics for City and Cultural Institutions
Since 2009, ArtPrize has transformed the face of Grand Rapids while offering the largest cash prize to artists worldwide. In a dating-app style process, participating artisans match with local venues that have agreed to display their work. Then, Grand Rapids locals and visitors vote for the piece they like most.
Imagine That!, a mosaic created by artist, teacher, and Grand Rapids native Tracy Van Duinen, won second place in the inaugural ArtPrize competition. He received $100,000 for the honor, and in turn donated the mosaic to the Grand Rapids Children's Museum, on whose building now proudly stands. With it's hidden symbolism, messages, and brightly colored tile and mirrored glass, it continues to delight children and adults alike.
The 100-foot long mosaic is done in bricolage style. French for "Do-it-yourself," bricolage uses salvaged and broken materials to create art. Van Duinen's learned bricolage mosaic techniques during a sabbatical after winning the Golden Apple Award for teaching. His passion is community-based mural-making.
Cover photo credit: Fellowship of the Rich via Flickr.