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Outdoor Arts Inspirations is a printable brochure with self-guided walking tours of downtown outdoor sculpture and historic buildings.
Explore the art on the beautiful campus of Grand Valley State University.
Visit the exhibition space at Kendall College of Art and Design.
Visit the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College, featuring exhibits by students, faculty, alumni, and noted secular and religious artists.
Art is everywhere you look in downtown Grand Rapids, in the form of sculptures, murals and historic buildings.
Start at the masterpiece that started it all - La Grand Vitesse, the massive red Alexander Calder sculpture that was installed in front of City Hall in 1969 and has come to symbolize the city's artistic spirit.
You're just steps away from Motu Viget, a kinetic art creation of famed sculptor Mark di Suvero. It is, in essence, a giant tire swing - suitable for kid's play!
It's a short walk south to Rosa Parks Circle, a community amphitheatre designed by Vietnam Veterans Memorial artist Maya Lin. The space converts to an ice rink in winter. A statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks stands not far away.
|Rosa Parks Circle|
It's a three-minute walk southwest to Grand Rapids Children's Museum. One exterior wall of the museum features Imagine That!, a glittering mosaic mural by artist Tracy Van Duinen. Van Duinen donated the art to the city after it won second prize in the inaugural ArtPrize competition. Another large-scale Van Duinen work, Metaphorest, graces the outside of the WMCAT building, just 300 feet from the museum.
Step west around the corner of the Children's Museum and you'll see Veteran's Memorial Park, which is home to Soldier's Monument by sculptor Leon Coquard as well as busts of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and influential 19th century Grand Rapids businessman Thomas D. Gilbert.
Head further west to the Grand River and follow its banks north to see a number of sculptures, including River's Edge Environmental Sculpture by Michael Singer and a Fluoride Sculpture (Grand Rapids was the first city to add fluoride to its water supply, in 1945) near the JW Marriott.
Stop at the south entrance of DeVos Place to view the façade reliefs created by artist Corrado Parducci as part of a Depression-era public works project. These reliefs were saved when the original Civic Auditorium was converted to the existing performance hall and convention center.
Keep following the river about 1.5 miles until you reach Joseph Kinnebrew's Fish Ladder sculpture. Watch the salmon and steelhead leap up the "stairs" of this functional art piece.
Return south to downtown along the river's west bank. Note the three symbolic Indian mounds in Ah-Nab-Awen Park, outside Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. These mounds represent the three major tribes of Michigan: the Ottawa, Potawatomi and Chippewa.
Directly north of the Ford Museum, climb onto Lorrie's Button by artist Hy Zelkowitz, winner of a 1976 playground sculpture competition.
This is just a small sampling of dozens of significant sculptures and buildings lining downtown streets. Keep your eyes peeled on your journey!