ArtPrize to celebrate Red Glasses Movement

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Courtesy Red Glasses Movement

A red glasses sculpture by artist Sam Noordhoff will be featured at ArtPrize from Sept. 16-Oct. 3 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The sculpture is a 3-D interactive stainless red glasses with a width of 94.5 inches, a depth of 40 inches and a height of 41 inches.

It was inspired by Audrey, a 5-year-old, who passed away after being diagnosed with down syndrome and a congenital heart defect at birth. While she was alive, she wore red glasses. Since her passing in 2018, the Red Glasses Movement (RGM) was started to draw attention to “uniqueness of children born with special needs.”

“We cannot wait for you all to come see the sculpture and experience the magic of sticking your smiling face right in the middle of these ‘larger than life’ Red Glasses!” RGM said in a statement. “We hope you will bring a friend or loved one along to join you in the fun. We know inspiration and love will be all around us as we reflect on Audrey’s life and her legacy message: to live boldly, love big and pass it on!”

During ArtPrize, Sept. 26 will be designated as Red Glasses Day and there will be a celebration with an “I love the donut” hour between 12-1 p.m.

The Red Glasses Movement is currently seeking volunteers. To sign up, click here.

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