West Michigan has so many creative and talented artists.

You can see their work in museums, galleries, and on many outdoor murals

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ArtPrize The biggest event in West Michigan showcases talented artists from around the world and brings the entire community together to enjoy art of all kinds.

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ArtPrize 2021 Winner - Before You Go by Christian Reichle & Monica Pritchard 

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A fun event that recently kicked off in Grand Rapids on January 7th is called World of Winter. It runs through March 6th.

The World of Winter Festival takes advantage of Michigan’s cold climate to provide interesting ways for people to experience and enjoy the season. This Festival aspires to make Grand Rapids a more active winter city - which makes Grand Rapids a more active year-round city. All programming and activities are FREE, socially-distanced for these pandemic times, and geared for both families and adults. World of Winter is organized by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., the City of Grand Rapids, and numerous community partners.

Some of the most popular World of Winter outdoor art installations 

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Bunnies of Intrude located at Ah-Nab-Awen Park

A large outdoor art installation brought to you in partnership with Parer Studio based in Australia. Some very large white rabbits, illuminated in stark white light, have been invading the planet. The Bunnies of Intrude stand enormous, yet relaxed in their given new homes.

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The Singing Tree

The Singing Tree is a lighting experience that transforms sound into interactive experiences. Interact with it in real-time by singing, clapping, or yelling to create an unforgettable and magical experience.

 

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Light Maze located at 555 Monroe 

A large light-based art installation brought to you in partnership with Ximenez Group based in Spain. Designed by the German architect Ben Busche, from Brut Deluxe studio, the light maze was born with the aim of offering an innovative and immersive experience.

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Submergence located on the Gillett Bridge

Submergence is a large, immersive, walk-through experience created by SquidSoup based in the United Kingdom. The piece moves through several movements, creating a semi-linear 12-minute piece. In its entirety, an abstract narrative is formed with a gradual increase in tension, building to a final climax. Each movement has its own elements, atmosphere, and responsiveness.

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Massimals located on the Blue Bridge

Massimals is a public art installation featuring abstract animal forms in a style traditionally used in architectural design.

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This was one of my favorite outdoor art pieces and it looks cool when you're standing on the Blue Bridge or looking away from a distance.

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Unfortunately, this beautiful piece of art has been vandalized.

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It appears multiple pieces have been tagged with spray-paint 

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Why would you take something so beautiful and wreck it?

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Even with the spray paint these bears look amazing and are worth checking out

World of Winter 2022

I had so much fun with my wife Lindsey checking out some of the amazing displays for World of Winter 2022 which has tons of great events in Grand Rapids now through Sunday, March 6th. Here are some of my favorite pictures I took.