By Breegan Petruska
The City of Grand Rapids has launched World of Winter 2021. Every year, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., the City of Grand Rapids, along with many organizers in the community, come together to bring this event to Grand Rapids. This year’s event will take place from Jan. 15 to Feb. 28.
The goal of this event is to take advantage of the cold weather and bring people downtown to see our city. This event brings many interactive art installations, ice sculptures, performances, and lots of family-friendly fun.
Hybycozo’s at Ah-Nab-Awen Park – 220 Front Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
The Hybycozo’s are large, colorfully lit art pieces that play with shadows, light, and perception. The artists behind this installation are Yelena Filipchuk, from the USSR, and Serge Beaulieu, from Canada. You can check out the Instagram page here. This exhibition is being hosted in partnership with HYBYCOZO, a series of large installations that are placed and/or travel all over the world.
Impulse on Monroe – 555 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Impulse on Monroe is located in the same spot as Movies on Monroe. This interactive art installation consists of 15 seesaws that light up and make different sounds when used and put into motion. When not in motion, they are still lit up with a more subtle glow. This installation is hosted in partnership with Creos, a company that brings touring art installations all over the world.
The Singing Tree at Canal Park – 941 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Singing Tree is a light-up, interactive experience. To interact with this art piece all you have to do is sing, clap, yell, make any noise to see the lights jump and change. This installation will be downtown in partnership with Limbic Media, a company that takes traditional light experiences and makes them interactive.
Ice Luminaries at the Gillett Bridge
The Ice Luminaries consist of 10 giant, lit up icicles. Each one of these illuminated pieces weighs over 600 pounds. The city is hosting these in partnership with Ice Brigade. The Ice Luminaries will be available to see from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5.
Winter Tumbleweeds at the Blue Bridge
“Winter Tumbleweeds & Grasses” is an interactive art installation made out of over 5,000 pool noodles. This installation has five large tumbleweeds, three small, and a few smaller pieces on both sides of the bridge. These colorful pool noodles were created by local artists, Barbara Lash and Sierra Cole and are hosted in partnership with The Department at The Blue Bridge.
Along with all of the art installations, World of Winter will be hosting events throughout the festival. For more details about this year’s festival and to see the schedule, click here.