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ArtPrize installation meant to provoke thought

Sep 13, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Figures that appear to be holding guns and binoculars stand sentry on a downtown Grand Rapids rooftop.

Part of an ArtPrize installation entitled "Something is Happening Here"
Credit Michigan State University College of Arts and Sciences

They are a statement of art, not a call to arms.

The Grand Rapids Press reports  Saturday that crews have been installing "...there's something happening here..." on the roof and terrace of the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. The work is Henry Brimmer's fourth entry in Michigan's annual ArtPrize competition, which opens Sept. 24.

Brimmer says the figures are open to interpretation. The work's title recalls the opening line of the 1967 Buffalo Springfield song, "For What It's Worth."

Institute curator A.J. Paschka says the work is intended to provoke but not deceive.

ArtPrize is in its sixth year and has helped put Michigan's second-largest city on the international art map.