GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The start of ArtPrize 2013 is just two days away.
Around downtown Grand Rapids Monday, artists set up their entries for the world's largest art competition, which co-founder Rick DeVos has always said is about the conversation.
In DeVos Place, Paul Rousso of Charlotte, N.C. set up "November 1st" -- a 30-foot by 9-foot sculpture resembling various candy bar wrappers.
He said people should connect with his piece, named for the day after Halloween, on an "unconscious" level.
"Does a Mary Jane mean anything to you? Is there anything up there that is kind of your high school, your kid, your dad, your movie?" he questioned. "Don't we all have a connection?"
And on Gillett Pedestrian Bridge over the Grand River, Alexander Hanson and Daniel Feinberg were setting up "Temporary's Pursuit of Permanence."
The piece is a Chevrolet Suburban with a wooden bridge built over it.
It comes with an imaginary back story: Two people have come across the broken-down SUV on the eve of ArtPrize. Instead of moving the vehicle, a bridge is built with the best of intentions.
"What it sort of aims to tackle is ideas of moral duty and time relativity," Hanson said. "It's taking something that is not so absurd and kind of turning it on its head and making it a little more absurd."
But it's okay if you don't get it. Like many -- or perhaps all -- ArtPrize entries, there is no wrong interpretation. What matters is the question.
ArtPrize begins Wednesday and runs through Oct. 6.
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