It’s ArtPrize 2012!

I’ve just returned to the Upper Peninsula after setting up “Recipes for Legacies”, an installation my daughter Catherine and I collaborated on for this year’s ArtPrize.

For this project, we combined two of our interests, the environment and women’s history, to create this project. We chose 9 women and honored each with a recipe card, listing their “ingredients” and their “legacy”, and a sphere made out of wire with paper cut-outs of their ingredients. Two LEDs hang in the middle of each sphere to shine light.  Using scissors (no die punches here!), Catherine and I cut out 1,373 images to create the 9 spheres!  By first taking the casing off of the wire (donated by CCI Systems of Iron Mountain, MI), we hand bent each piece to create the spheres .  Thank you, CCI Systems for the wire!

This past Saturday, we installed our art at Purple East on Ionia Street in Grand Rapids. A very big thank you to the owner, Kelly, for all of her support at Purple East!

Catherine and I were very pleased with the result!  As we looked at each sphere with each recipe card, it really showed what a difference each person can make in the world.