The River's Edge

Grand Rapids MI

Art Around the Corner/The River's Edge
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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.

The River’s Edge is an abstract steel sculpture that mixes organic and geometric forms to express the nature of life near the river. The artist uses fish and bird-like shapes to reflect on the wildlife you might naturally find in a river scene. The sculpture is best viewed while walking in a circle around it so you can see the many ways in which the shapes playfully interact with one another.

The River’s Edge was created by internationally acclaimed sculptor James Clover, and it’s one of several monumental works in which he uses abstract shapes to create a story about their setting. The playful, almost improvisational nature of the piece is inspired by the structures of jazz music, and like many of Clover’s works, it reaches for the sky. Clover taught at local Grand Valley State University for many years, and this sculpture stands on GVSU’s downtown Grand Rapids campus. Additional Clover works can be viewed on GVSU’s Allendale and Holland campuses, and in locations across the country, including nearby cities Grand Haven and Muskegon.

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