My vision for Spire was to see how a temporary art installation could transform a space on a large scale. I asked myself, what would happen if a work outgrew the existing architecture? The result included new architectural vantage points, new reflections of light and a new relationship to the ground on each of the floors. As you’ll see in the photos below, my work allows for a new experience in this abandoned building.
Vince Dudzinski stopped by yesterday and hung out with the crew. Here are some stunning photos he took of Spire.
Catherine Behrendt from WZZM 13 Grand Rapids interviewed me on the Conversation Couch this morning. My interview can be found here (I start speaking at 2:20).
I could not have completed Spire without my wonderful and hardworking crew. Many thanks to Bob Rogers, Dustin Meyer, James Balkon, and Florian Altenburg for working with me on-site.
Grant Carmichael demonstrates the innovative use of touchscreen technology to showcase the work of the artists exhibiting at SiTE:LAB.
To vote for me in ArtPrize 2011, please use #55421 and follow these instructions:
Activate – All voters must activate their voting status in person at the event with valid government ID from September 21 through October 5, 2011.
Vote – Voting begins September 21, 2011. Each voter can vote “up” or “down” for an artist only once through September 28, 2011. Once the ten finalists are announced on September 29, 2011, voters receive only one vote to choose their favorite of the top ten entries through October 5, 2011. Winners will be announced on October 6, 2011. Voting can be executed via www.artprize.org, mobile browser, text message, or iPhone application.
Thanks again for your support!
Things are going very well in Grand Rapids. SiTE:LAB has been drawing a lot of attention with the outstanding exhibition they have curated and executed. Thanks to them, they have made the following mentions possible.
My photo was on the cover of the Grand Rapids Press, with a quote in, “How important is marketing to winning ArtPrize?” by Laura Michels.
ABC WZZM 13 interviewed me for the segment, “Vacant building opens to host ArtPrize entries.”
I was also interviewed by Emily Richett for Fox 17 in Grand Rapids. Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of the interview.
Cristin Tierney and Maria Kucinski came out to Grand Rapids to see Spire. I was so thrilled they were able to see the final work after the months of support and encouragement from New York.
ArtPrize opens tonight. See the final work at SiTE:LAB, 2 East Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Here are some detail photos:
Spire is officially complete…but before I share final photos with you, I would like to share this time-lapse video by Storming the Castle Pictures of the installation process.