Seems like the best place to start this new thread.
ARtPrize 2010 is the second edition of a local event. It's the idea of one of the Amway founders' grandsons, and has pretty much taken over my fair city for three weeks.
Basic details In the Freep
On the Sunday before the event opened, I pedaled around downtown, and enjoyed seeing hundreds of folks checking out the installations. Usually there might be a handful of folks in any of our public spaces.
For the last few days, there have been thousands of people downtown during A/P hours. The restaurants are doing land-office business (even open on Sunday evening) and there's spin-off business affecting the metro area.
This is the line waiting to get into the art museum, where several of the "top ten" pieces are displayed. On Sunday.
Two solid lanes of traffic on the bridge, and thousands of people walking around.
Pop-up food stands and mobile carts
Street pianos (there are twenty)
Adding to the atmosphere: artists do their own marketing. This is a sidewalk-obstructing come-on for the piece displayed inside. (Code enforcement collected it.)
I've found several pieces that should remain behind.
Cityscape made from one sheet of paper
Sculpture on the lawn near city hall
Huge photo mural of downtown
Part of a piece called "where do you get your ideas"
A piece showing a traffic jam
City hall plaza
Women's City Club is an exhibition center. The Heritage Hill Home Tour folks decided to move their annual event to spring.
The artworks range from traditional oil paints to mash-ups of found objects, indoors and out. Any business, space, or location within the three square mile boundary can be a venue, so there are displays in parking lots, parks, along the sidewalks, inside buildings, on the sides of buildings, on the bridges over the river.
Fountain at the GRFord museum.
There are many community pieces (kids made these clay birds).
Many pieces seem to be of the arts & crafts variety, or of dubious artistic merit.