GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - As a part of a continuing effort to raise money for the construction of the Downtown Market, people will be able to purchase parts of a piece of art that will remain in the market.
The art work, called the "Market Grove," is a full wall on the second floor of the market that depicts trees with apples and leaves. The trees, apples and leaves are all available to purchase. Each tree costs $25,000, each apple $500 and each leaf $200.
The orchard started out with five trees, Jon Nunn from Grand Action told 24 Hour News 8 two have already been purchased. There are 1,555 leaves and 195 apples. Nunn said the project has the potential to raise more than $400,000 from community members.
Projects with Grand Action behind them have had successful brick selling campaigns in the past. According to Nunn the Van Andel Arena raised more than $600,000 with a similar fund raising project. The Arena had an infinite number of bricks to sell in $50, $75 and $100 increments.
The outdoor portion of the Downtown Market opened in May. Its indoor market -- which will include a butcher, baker and ice cream maker, among other artisan shops -- is scheduled to open in August.
The Market and Grand Action are hosting a "sneak peak" of the indoor market Thursday evening, at which the tours of the demonstration and learning kitchens, as well as the Market Atrium and Community Event Room, will be offered.
Co-chairs of the "Market Grove" Community Campaign include Kitchen Sage Executive Director Tommy Fitzgerald, MLive Entertainment Editor John Gonzales and WOOD TV8's Rachael Ruiz.
The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight at the Downtown Market. 24 Hour News 8 will have live reports at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
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