GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-This year's ArtPrize artists put a lot of time and money into their entries, and that investment is paying off for at least seven of them.
The vice president of archives and exhibits for Ripley's Believe It or Not visited ArtPrize this year to pick out pieces to display at 32 museums around the world. He started with a list of 78 pieces, then narrowed it down to 27 works of art. He tells WZZM 13 that seven entries where chosen to be packed up an shipped to Ripley's warehouse this week, including: "Seven to Fourteen" which is two child portraits made out of jelly beans; "Icarus", which is a mosaic made out of roughly 8,000 beer caps; "Clown Fish", which is a sculpture made out of thousands of deflated balloons; "Persistence", which is a wire frame animation; "Desire", which is an abstract image made out of 13,000 Legos; "Meadow Winds", which is a set of dragonflies and ladybugs made out of door knobs and instruments; and "I'll Be Right Back- Tribute to Deanie Peters", which is made of more than 100,000 colored BB's.
Artist John O'Hearn says Ripley's previously bought eight other pieces from him before picking his Deanie Peters piece. O'Hearn has seen two of his masterpieces on display while visiting Ripley's museum.
"It's fun to stand back and watch people enjoy your art; they have no idea you made it," said O'Hearn. "You know, it's just that real reaction, so it's pretty incredible."
O'Hearn hopes his piece will bring international attention to the search for Deanie Peters.
Ripley's Believe It or Not is negotiating for at least nine other ArtPrize entries.