Well, it is that time of the year again. Leaves are changing colors, the air is getting crisp, and for the city of Grand Rapids, time for ArtPrize! The international art competition kicked off this week and the excitement in the community is evident. As everyone seems to be getting into the spirit of the arts, our team at r.o.i. Design is no exception.
Last year we got our creative juices flowing and created an installation in our lobby, creating a mosaic image out of 2” x 2” Benjamin Moore paint samples. This year we are doing another installation in the lobby of our building at 1451 Front Ave. NW.
Our new design assistant, Ian McRae, has been diligently cutting, rolling and taping together pieces of old sheet music to create a unique art installation he calls “Solo”. Ian is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design, with a major in Sculpture and Functional Art. The sheet music comes from the personal collection of r.o.i. Design owner Mary Witte, and pieces date back to the early 1900’s.
With over 500 individual paper rings, taped together and carefully arranged together along the walls in our building’s entry, the installation makes quite an impact. While the piece is not an official ArtPrize entry (we are located just North of the event’s boundaries) we feel it is a fitting attempt to participate in this celebration of the arts.
If you are in the area, stop by during normal business hours and check it out. We would love to see you and hear what you think about the installation.