GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Peter Geiger has hoped to take part in ArtPrize for the past few years, but something has always come up.

Until someone approached him at another art festival and encouraged him to enter ArtPrize 10 - that was the push Geiger needed.

Five months and 50 license plate guitars later, Geiger's work is finally in the running with '50 Music Greats From 50 States'. The 50 guitars represent a musician from each of the states and can be viewed along the brick wall at Rockwell's downtown.

Each of the guitars is molded solely out of license plates and includes a tag from Michigan. The greats include artists like Willie Nelson and Hootie & the Blowfish.

The piece is comprised of 1,320 license plates in total.

The day he arrived in Grand Rapids, Geiger received word that his two daughters had been evacuated from their Wilmington, N.C., homes ahead of Hurricane Florence.

"You know, it's hard to be here and worry about that at the same time. But, this is a once in a lifetime experience for me, ArtPrize is a one shot deal," Geiger said.

Geiger and his wife live outside the eye of the storm in Raleigh, North Carolina, so he hopes his family will safely weather the storm from their home.

To vote for Geiger's exhibit use the #67365, and visit his website to learn more about his license plate art.

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