GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The high winds that blew through the area late Sunday/earlyMonday morning damaged some of the work at ArtPrize.
With wind gusts expected to hit 50mph Monday, concern continuesamong artists with outside displays.
The wind moved a 200-pound piece of art by Garry Perrine off itsbase. He told 24 Hour News 8 it will take about four people to moveit and reconnect his piece along Monroe Avenue. He's planning ondoing that Tuesday
Over 1200 artists have their pieces up all over downtown GrandRapids, but organizers told 24 Hour News 8 they're not tabulatingthe number of outdoor pieces damaged by the winds.
It's up to the artists and vendors to fix them or repair them ifthey are damaged.
A few pieces didn't fare well. Aaron Heideman's Man in theVan projects, in which he drove across country gathering stories ofhow the recession affected people's lives, is one that wasdamaged.
"Basically, the wind picked it up," Heideman said. "I triedholding it down. The wind was just too strong, and it actuallyripped it in three different spots. So, now I've got four piecestotal."
Heideman added he "wanted this thing to be a memorial to therecession. I wanted it to be a way to move on. I wanted it to be away for people to symbolically move forward."
GRAM Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle Friday night.
Two people were taken to the hospital after one vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash in Ada Township Friday night.
Investigators in Montcalm County are working to determine what led up to a deadly crash.