GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - On Sunday during the ArtPrize Top 10 announcement, the Frey Foundation will dedicate a large, black, granite marker to recognize Maya Lin who designed the area known as Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids.
Watch the video above as 24 Hour News 8's Brett Thomas talks to chairman David Frey about the dedication.
The description of the Ecliptic courtesy the Maya Lin Studio website --
Frey Foundation, Grand Rapids, MI, 2001
The underlying idea of the design involves the uses of water in its three physical states: liquid, solid and vapor. Inspired by the city's name, "Grand Rapids," the use of water is literally the undercurrent to the Park.
There are two circular granite fountains, one marking the northern entrance and the other marking the southern entrance. The first is a raised circle with continuously flowing water gently cascading from one half of the fountain to the other. The second circle is set into the ground with a low stone ring that has a hidden mist fountain. This creates a room of mist that one can sit around or step into. The walkway connecting the two fountains is landscaped into gentle rolling waves of grass, expressive of water waves.
At the heart of the park is the amphitheater with curved seating terraces suggesting the concentric rings formed by a drop of water or the elliptical orbit of planets. In the winter the amphitheater becomes an ice skating rink. Although water must freeze on a flat level plane, Lin consciously sloped the seating surrounding the rink so that when one stands upon this elliptical plane there is an illusion that the surface is tilted.
Embedded into the concrete floor of the amphitheater are fiber optic points of light that map out the exact location of the stars overhead on January 1, 2000, marking the Park's place in time and the passage into the new millennium. These stars are visible year round and are magnified in the winter months, as their light refracts under the ice. The artist imagined a still pond reflecting the night sky.
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