GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Four days before the start of ArtPrize 2013, the ArtPrize Hub in downtown Grand Rapids officially opened Saturday to large crowds.
One of the highlights at the Hub, located at 41 Sheldon Boulevard SE, was last year's winning entry "Elephants" on full display.
As an added bonus, people got to watch artist Adonna Khare add to her wall-sized work, making a lion come alive like magic before their eyes.
"Since so many things have changed in this past year, I felt that for this to truly be a representational piece of what I did last year, I needed to do a few extra things on there," she said.
At the ArtPrize store, there were shirts, hats, mugs, skateboards -- a new item this year -- and other merchandise for sale.
Staff was on hand to help people register to vote, which can be done at any of the nine ArtPrize voting sites or on the ArtPrize app for iPhone or Android.
Organizes say mixing technology and art just works.
"There's two other apps that we work with this year. One is Map by Walk that has all of the ArtPrize walking paths right there on the app," ArtPrize Todd Herring explained. "The other one is Epic events. Epic events is a micro-video platform that stitches together all of these one second clips from everyone that's contributing clips to the ArtPrize event."
People at the Saturday sneak peek were excited to see what ArtPrize 2013 will bring.
"I love how it's colorful, brings people out and just gets people to enjoy the city," Grand Rapids resident Melanie Lyons said.
ArtPrize runs Sept. 18 through Sept. 6.
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