An ArtPrize artist has been ordered to take his entry down following public outrage.
David Dodde’s ArtPrize entry consists of flowers and leaves that are magnetically stuck to Alexander Calder’s artwork, La Grande Vitesse, in downtown Grand Rapids in Calder Plaza.
The order comes following outrage in the Grand Rapids art community that the artwork was even approved to be part of ArtPrize from the beginning.
The entry was ordered to be taken down on Sept. 27, however, the class of Dodde’s son was planning a field trip to view his father’s work today delaying the removal of his work.
“The city of Grand Rapids was very cooperative and allowed his work to stay up until Wednesday so his son’s class could view his work,” said Rich App, the representative of the Calder Plaza venue.
App also said that he was “greatly disappointed with the strong request for Dodde’s art to be removed from Calder.”
Dodde’s entry will take two to three hours to remove from Calder Plaza.
Just because the entry was removed, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to vote for it. Dodde’s artwork has not been removed from the ArtPrize competition.
The Collegiate wants to know how you feel about the removal of Dodde’s artwork. Comment below.
Jacquelyn Zeman contributed to this article.