Art installations come to downtown

HYBYCOZO will have six seven-foot sculptures of different shapes along the Grand River at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Courtesy DGRI

Downtown will have additional lights and sounds this winter after Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) approved three art installations to be placed throughout the city in January and February.  

The installations —Winter Tumbleweeds and Grasses by The Department, HYBYCOZO by Hybycozo and Impulse by CREOS — will be rented by DGRI. 

Tumbleweeds and Grasses by The Department will feature small groves of colorful foam tubes set vertically to mimic a series of grasses for seating along with interactive tumbleweeds. The installation will consist of five large tumbleweeds, three small tumbleweeds, four groves and two chain anemone’s consisting of over 1,500 noodles. 

The Winter Tumbleweeds and Grasses installation will be located at the Blue Bridge. The piece was created by local artists Barbara Lash and Sierra Cole and will be on display in January

HYBYCOZO or Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone will have six rented seven-foot sculptures of different shapes along the Grand River at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 220 Front Ave. NW from Jan. 1 – Feb. 28.

DGRI, in collaboration with Hybycozo which consist of artists Yelena Filipchuk, Serge Beaulieu, expert fabricators, handlers, installers and other members of the community, will partner with Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians and local tribal members to create a series of patterns to be displayed on an additional seven-foot sculpture that will be purchased by DGRI and permanently placed in the park. 

The Impulse installation will be 15 interactive seesaws that are illuminated with a variation of LED lights and sounds. It will be located at 555 Monroe Ave. NW, and it is scheduled to be there from Jan. 22 – Feb. 28.  

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