Monday, May 2, 2011

ArtPrize 2011 is coming!

ArtPrize 2011 opens in Grand Rapids on September 21. I have registered and am hoping to find a venue big enough to accommodate the entire Map (on the floor). This is no simple task since the current over-all measurements are about 40 by 40 feet. The last time the whole thing was assembled was in our loft in New York in 1982, and it only comprised 800 panels back then.

I visited the lobby of DeVos place the other day, and that would be perfect! There are balconies on two sides which would allow viewers to see the entire project from above. The next step will be to contact the person in charge of that venue.

If we can come up with a venue like that one,  our friend, Greg Whitmore, will make a trip out with his video equipment. He's the guy who made the video that is linked to this blog. Now he wants to film the entire Map to incorporate into a documentary which he would like to show at film festivals. It will be great for me, The Map, and Grand Rapids if we make this happen!

Here we go!


  1. Will the whole map be assembled at ArtPrize 2011?

  2. Ha! This work of love should be in the Smithsonian!! It's priceless Jerry!!<3

  3. I'd second that, Jana! Thanks! I am talking with UICA in Grand Rapids about the possibility of showing the entire thing (for the first time ever. It will not be shown at ArtPrize this year, sadly. Anyone know of other possible venues? I need a 60 by 60 foot floor with balconies or a mezzanine so that The Map can be viewed from above.