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September 23, 2015

Happy ArtPrize!

Today is a big day here in Grand Rapids, as we kickoff ArtPrize Seven. For the past seven years Grand Rapids has been the host of an international art contest in our artful, little city. What differentiates ArtPrize from other art competitions, is the entire city becomes the venue and the winner is chosen by YOU, the voter. ArtPrize has put Grand Rapids on the map for an 'artistic city' and has brought much toursim and traffic to the city I love.

This year, two of our very best friends created a piece called, Soundwaves. Justin Bruursema of Burley Surfboards, shaped and painted an original board for this competition and a matching guitar to go with it. And Marc Moline of Antix Collective created the beautiful video (below) of the process and outcome of Soundwaves, my favorite ArtPrize piece of 2015.

If you have the opportunity to walk around ArtPrize, make sure to stop in Grand Rapids Brewing Company and vote for Soundwaves, Vote Code: #61496.

Marc describes the piece: A common cord connects the surfboard and the guitar. They are tied in so many ways that they begin to resemble one another, representing a unique and nearly identical experience. Sound, like water, travels in a wave that surrounds you. The activities are both reckless and yet at complete harmony with the world, and take you away to a place that can be found nowhere else. Few of these objects are hung on a wall as a piece of art, yet the surfboard and the guitar are often elevated to this status. They represent a promise of escape on much an intimate and grandiose scale. Soundwaves celebrates this place and welcomes you to enjoy wherever it may take you.

Congratulations and excellent work, Justin and Marc!