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ArtPrize entry ordered to be taken down

Photo by Jacquelyn Zeman
La Grande Vitesse decorated with Dodde’s flowers.

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.

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  1. So Stupid. It was just magnets, not doing any harm. The artist was given permission by the city, If people are okay with permanent murals in the city, then Calder can take his stick out of his booty and let someone decorate his work for a month.

    • Alexander Calder, the original artist, is dead now. I think it might be part of the reason many people are so defensive. It’s also worth noting that there was an artist who did something similar last year, and there was none of this controversy.

      • It’s not a matter of whether the city gave them permission, the piece is still Alexander Calder’s piece, and if the city of Grand Rapids screws up enough, the Calder foundation have the ability to take it back. Calder’s artworks are well sought after and beautiful how they are. I’m certain the artist wouldn’t want his piece, designed to represent something in particular to be changed in any way.

  2. I think its just another thing for people to complain about something and if they don’t get their way, they rip it to shreds and there are a lot more pieces of artwork out there that they could be ‘offended’ by, but for some reason they choose this one.


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