GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Vandals ransacked an ArtPrize exhibit overnight Saturday.
Around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, JD Urban went to his tent at Calder Plaza where his video ArtPrize exhibit "united.states: an everydaypeople project" was being shown. The exhibit is a video showing conversations with random people. According to ArtPrize's website , the exhibit is "a looped video stream that reveals a microcosm of the nation's thoughts on race, gender, gun control, politics, the media, sexuality, marriage, relationships, trust, kindness, regret, and hope."
When he arrived, he found a total mess made in the tent. Banners were stolen, fliers had been thrown all over the place and his A/V equipment knocked over. The A/V equipment was damaged; Urban hopes to have replacement equipment in place Saturday afternoon.
Grand Rapids Police were called in to investigate the incident.
Urban tells 24 Hour News 8 his exhibit has caused some strong reactions in people and he has had some heated conversations with people during ArtPrize. It is unknown if the vandals specifically targeted Urban's exhibit.
Urban's exhibit is one of the exhibits up for an ArtPrize Juried Award ; it was nominated in the 'Best Use of Urban Space' category.
Authorities ask anyone that may know something about this incident to call Grand Rapids Police or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.
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