$100K Second Prize at ArtPrize
(Grand Rapids, MI) We were thrilled to learn that Imagine That, a bricolage* by Tracy van Duinan, captured the $100,000 Second Prize at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI. Van Duinan is an artist/educator with the Chicago Public Art Group.
From the van Duinan’s Artist’s Statement:
Imagine That! celebrates the creativity and imagination of children. The three central figures represent children from all walks of life. Painted and tiled circles depict the wonder of kids at play. The mural also includes a scavenger hunt and word find to promote exploration and discovery.
A community mural, this piece includes small paintings created by children, teenagers and adults during workshops at the Children’s Museum and Grandville Art Center. These groups also placed tiles in the mosaic.
This mural is meant to be interactive and ever changing. Look closely, you will always find something new, like a child’s artwork or a quote. Viewed from a distance, you see something reflected in the mirrors that wasn’t there a minute ago: a passing car, a red shirt, trees blowing in Veteran’s Park. The reflection also changes with the passing of time. Morning to evening. Summer leaves change to Fall colors. Just like our children, the mural is never the same from one moment to the next.
* If you are like us and you’ve been wondering what “bricolage” means, here’s a definition from Wikipedia:
Bricolage, is a term used in several disciplines, among them the visual arts and literature, to refer to the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things which happen to be available, or a work created by such a process.
First Prize of $250,000 was awarded to Ran Ortner for his oil painting Open Water #24. For more about ArtPrize, check out our post from September 22nd.
(Hanoi, Vietnam) This headline from the Thanh Nien News definitely caught our eye. We’ve been following the progress of the Hanoi mural, the brainchild of journalist Nguyen Thu Thuy, for several months now.
What started out as an internationally acclaimed community project designed to celebrate the city’s birthday and turn an eyesore of a dike into a thing of beauty is now facing controversy over the placement and size of sponsor logos and the appropriateness and/or artfulness of design elements.
1) Without private funding, this project would never have happened. Promises were made and should be kept. It’s a time honored practice.
2) This is a community mosaic project. The designs were created by local and international artists as well as local children. The mural reflects the living vibrancy of the community and that is art.
To read the article in its entirety (and it is a good read thanks to reporters Huong Le – and Nguyen) click here For previous MAN posts on the mural, go to August 7, August 10, and September 26th.
MAN editors verify the existence of Roman mosaic in New England.
(Gloucester, MA) On September 16th, we reported the unplanned excavation of a Roman mosaic in Gloucester, MA. In the tradition of great journalism, MAN editors Bill Buckingham and Nancie Mills Pipgras traveled to this fair city to see if the rumors were true.