ArtPrize happens once a year in Grand Rapids. Basically it's a massive art competition and people come from all over the United States to compete. It quite literally takes over the town. Well being primarily an Arts & Entertainment reporter I cover almost all ArtPrize.
ArtPrize all the time. Last week a story came through our tip line that one piece had been vandalized. Basically it was a piece about loving one another, gay, straight, transgender, intersex, you name it we love you no matter what. Well someone didn't like the piece and splattered red paint all over it.
The thing is the cops were never called, the artist simply got on his hands and knees and scrubbed the paint off the best he could. He was a very nice guy, he talked to me about his thoughts on WHY someone would do that to his piece. He was very level headed about it, he even said he expected something like this to happen.
What was hard about the piece is that it had a whole back side that encouraged people to express their thoughts on it... yet someone STILL felt the need to splatter it with red paint. Anyway I liked this story and wanted to share it again. So here it is, check it out if you haven't already. I think being an intersex individual I resonated with the piece.
The piece is called, "Love Does Not Harm" and can be found in Grand Rapids out front of St. Marks Episcopal Church.