ArtPrize Top Ten

More than 50,000 people were in downtown Grand Rapids on Friday to take part in the ArtPrize entry Lights in the Night. The entry, which is now in the Top 10, involved people setting off more than 15,000 sky lanterns above downtown to represent hopes, dreams and wishes. Photo by Cassie Patton

Adonna Khare works on her Top 10 ArtPrize entry at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Elephants features a series of life-sized elephants intertwined with a menagerie of other animals. Photo by Cassie Patton

In Chris LaPorte’s Top 10 ArtPrize Entry City Band, he completed a graphite pencil drawing of his grandfather, Virgil LaPorte, and his high school band mates in 1925. The approximately 24-foot by 14-foot display is at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Photo by Cindy M. Cranmer

Sandra Bryant’s Top 10 ArtPrize entry, Return to Eden, is a beautiful glass mosaic triptych that consists of panels that create a piece that is 14 feet wide and eight feet tall. The panels feature a couple coming through a gate into a garden sanctuary filled with birds, wildlife, foliage, flowers and other small creatures. Photo by Cindy M. Cranmer

The Chase, which was created by Artistry of Wildlife, is a three-dimensional visual portrayal of a scene in nature. The Top 10 ArtPrize entry, which was entirely sculpted using clay, foam, steel and mache inside the subjects, conveys the possible life and death of predator and prey. The wolves along with the moose are entirely airborne and suspended by one leg of the running 2,000 pound moose. Photo by Cindy M. Cranmer

Dan Heffron, a Traverse City artist, is in the Top 10 with his entry Life in Wood. The fur seal is carved from a single, black walnut log. Heffron has invested more than 4,000 hours of actual carving to produce the fur-like texture of the entry. Photo by Cindy M. Cranmer

Martijn van Wagtendonk’s Top 10 ArtPrize entry Song of Lift is a five-minute long, fully automated, viewer sensitive opera. As viewers deposit a quarter, the gallery lights dim and the music of Henryk Gorecky’s Symphony No. 3 Op. 36, also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, is activated along with a light show. As the music increases the wings begin to flap and then eventually the entire collection of about 100 objects is in motion to lights and music. Photo by Cassie Patton

Rebirth of Spring artist Frits Hoendervanger, who has family in Rockford, poses by his Top 10 ArtPrize entry at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. His Rebirth of Spring is a large oil painting on canvas that is done in a realistic style to showcase “a forest with the morning sun shining through the trees, giving life to the earth in early spring.” Photo by Cindy M. Cranmer

Origami, created by New York artist Yumi Yamashita, consists of 99 sheets of colorful origami paper that reveal in shadows the facial profiles of 99 citizens of Grand Rapids. The papers of the Top 10 ArtPrize entry are creased by hand and lit from the side by a single light fixture to reveal the shadows. Photo by Cindy M. Cranmer

Richard Morse, a Fennville resident, is the creator of the Top 10 ArtPrize entry Stick-to-it-ive-ness: Unwavering pertinacity; perseverance. The horses running on the river’s surface symbolize struggles and perseverance, which everybody needs in difficult situations. Photo by Cindy M. Cranmer

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