Get ready to be wowed - Grand Rapids never fails to surprise visitors with the huge variety of things to see and do here: World-renowned art, museums and historic sites for cultural vacationers. World-class golf, recreation and beaches for nature lovers. Incredible farm-to-table restaurants for foodies and wholesome "playcation" fun for families.
Lorrie’s Button was designed as part of a competition to create an artwork in Grand Rapids for the nation’s bicentennial year. Intended to be an object for play as much an object of art, the giant Pop Art-style sculpture was installed for the city’s 1976 Festival of the Arts. Lorrie’s Button sprang from the imagination of industrial design professor Hy Zelkowitz, who won 500 dollars and an international playground sculpture award for his efforts. He put the 500 dollars right back into the production of the vivid red fiberglass and foam sculpture. Zelkowitz named the piece after the newly adopted daughter of local couple Kathy and Larry Lewis, who were close friends of his.
Measuring 14 feet across and pierced with four holes large enough to poke a head through, Lorrie’s Button invites kids to play and families to take photos. The wear and tear takes its toll, though – this sculpture is one of the city’s most expensive works of public art to maintain. The sculpture still stands in its original location in Ah-Nab-Awen Park, adjacent to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.