New ones from today. Until October 7th there's the Art Prize event thru most of downtown Grand Rapids. Over 1,500 artistic entries have been set up and displayed around the downtown area. This of course attracts street Performers. (more information regarding Art Prize here: ArtPrize - An open art contest based in Grand Rapids Michigan, the world's largest Art Prize. ) All shot with an Olympus Pen E-P3, just with different lens. Cyril Jamming Pictured above is Cyril Casapao, a local GVSU (Grand Valley State University) Student originally from Yonkers, New York. Wishes Grand Rapids were busy like this year around so can just make some money doing what he loves. SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4 Ghost Jogger Another one that was concentrated on Cyril, but happened to catch the right, then left, then right foot of a jogger running past in this infrared exposure of 2 seconds. Olympus M.Zuiko 17/2.8 + R72 Filter Caged Heart An Art Prize entry by Zan Knecht called "Caged Heart", an interactive piece where you write down any poor feelings or strife you want to get rid of and insert it in the heart, which will not be read, but rather it's content burned once the heart is full. Olympus M.Zuiko 17/2.8 + R72 Filter Peeper Saw this one cyclist trying his best to read all the messages thru the wire, he spent about a good 5 minutes or so looking up and down at most of the hand written notes, which would contain any hard feelings or strife that the authors would like to let go of. Silly considering the the piece is intended not to have the messages read, but there's always those of us where curiosity gets the better part of us. SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4 Have You Seen Me? The last few days that I have been visiting downtown Grand Rapids, I noticed that there's been a common message in a lot of different places, simply "Have You Seen Me?", especially on the large number of red balloons that people either had or were found fighting the tide in the river or escaping the grasp of the Amway Grand. The balloons were being given out by these volunteers. Their connection to the message is another Art Prize entry called "The Child" by Johnny Clauson. The entry is a portrait of Leslie King at the age of 13, by the age of 15 she had been sold to pimps in western michigan, the exhibit intends to bring about awareness of modern slavery and sexual exploitation that occurs even in our own backyard. SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4 ReCycle ReCycle by John Pung, simply put this was one of the more eye-catching welded sculptures. The entry was made by well... recycling any existing peices of metal he could find, such as sprinkler pipes. SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4 Torn As I stood at the corner of Monroe Ave and Monroe Center, I observed some of the people at they made there way across to one of the many bank buildings that surrounded us. This one caught my eye as she wore what appeared to be a nice sweater but with tears thru it, now days we assume this was intentional as per hipster fashion. SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4 Tourism As I made my way down to Michigan Street, I noticed across Monroe at the Amway Grand entrance what appeared to be out of town tourist alternating at getting their picture taken in front of the entrance. If there's one thing Grand Rapids (and Michigan in general) needs is more tourism and cash flow from outside. SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4 Cyclist At the corner of Monroe and Michigan Street. Prior to this shot there was not only this man on the bike with a bit of a rough look, but also a woman in what appeared to be pretty pricey jogging gear, a run down looking beggar and what appeared to be a student (there are at least 3 campuses downtown, not including the art schools). Serves me right for having my camera put away for just one moment... SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4 Devos Place Heading down Michigan Street towards the bridge before it becomes Bridge Street I noticed a large family heading my way from the parking garage of Devos Place. I can only assume they have decided to come see all the Art Prize entries as it was a nice cool, but not too cold evening with fair weather. I got to thinking, we've been having a lot of girls lately in the last couple years as I've noticed this trend just about everywhere I've gone lately, just seems kind of rare to see as many boys under 6 around here lately, especially out and about. SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4 Michigan Street Viewing off to the west back towards downtown is Michigan Street as I'm standing on the bridge that crosses the Grand River. Always a fun drive up that hill, most of the medical facilities are easily accessed from this street, behind the Helen Devos Children's Hospital would be Spectrum Health where my eldest son Clark was born by emergency C-Section at 1lb 13oz. At the time of his birth the Children's Hospital you see now did not exist (~ 2007). SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4 The Frog Boy As I headed back towards the bus stop near the Gerald R Ford presidential museum, I took a walk thru Ah-Nab-Awen park as it was getting dark. One of the lit up art exhibit here was "Get Your Freak On" by Pamela Troyer. I snapped this picture of this kid getting his picture taken. I would not have gotten this angle a few minutes earlier, as there were rows of parents doing the same. SMC Pentax-M 50/1.4 From there I grabbed my ride home.