Artists scramble to install ArtPrize entries

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A giant bra, a large dog, a stone statue of a native American--all across Grand Rapids artists are putting their finishing touches on their ArtPrize entries.

In the B.O.B. parking lot, Dawn Brightbill uses a pick-up truck to unload her piece. "It is an earth, air, fire, water fountain." A piece made out of found glass and other recyclables. She and her sister work to put her piece on a pedestal before the start of ArtPrize on Wednesday.

In the front of the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Ritch Branstorm guides a crane on to the front lawn. His piece, 'In the Dog House' sits in giant pieces on a trailer, in need of assembly. The crane gently lifts the body of the dog with wooden legs off a crane and sets it back down on the grass. He hopes to be ready by Wednesday.

Across town at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, a rather large bra is being placed on the building. "It is a 23 ZZZ plus," jokes Cathy Brzeczkiewicz. The pink polka dotted bra is 23 feet wide and is two stories off the ground. "It had a lot of meaning and I wanted to bring something for the American Cancer Society for awareness of breast cancer."

Things aren't going so well for Joshua and Jeremy Kirsch in the B.O.B. parking lot. A package containing part of their sculpture, 'Glitter Ocean' has not arrived. But they are optimistic. "If that package shows up today we will be ready," explains Jeremy. "If it doesn't show up today we will still be ready." When their piece is put together it will be a fish made of 139,500 sequins.

With over half a million dollars in prize money on the line, each artists wants to be done by Wednesday.

If you want to get an early start to ArtPrize many of the outdoor locations are in full view. ArtPrize runs September 18 - October 6.


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