And...(drum role please)...

The best public work of art in Grand Rapids MI, IMO is Mark di Suvero's sculpture The Motu Viget more commonly known as The Tire Swing.  It takes some dedication to find, but is well worth the effort.  I love artwork that combines sophisticated design with childlike wonder, and I can't think of a better example than this kinetic sculpture.

Little known fact:  The Motu Viget was apparently inspiration for Kimya Sawson's song Tire Swing, which was included on the soundtrack for the Academy Award Winning Movie Juno.  

For a map of where to find The Motu Viget, click here.  


I wrote an article for Cultured,GR highlighting my top 10 favorite things to do at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM).  If you are looking for fun events to do this summer, you may want to check this list out!  

  1. SUMMER ART CAMPS: All of the courses are new for 2017, and the GRAM’s education programs are filled with expert instruction. These classes introduce a variety of media and processes, and are tailored for children and young adults between the ages of 4–17.
  2. THE ART OF RUBE GOLDBURG: This exhibition runs May 20-August 27, 2017. The first comprehensive survey exhibition in nearly 50 years, this exhibition will demonstrate the artistic talent and endless imagination of the legendary American cartoonist and illustrator. The exhibit is highly interactive, with plenty of ways for children and adults alike to explore and play.
  3. MEIJER FREE DAYS: Meijer Free Tuesdays and Meijer Free Thursday Nights, made possible by a generous gift from Meijer, provides supports free admission for the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Tuesday and free general admission Thursday Nights from 5-9 p.m., encouraging new and returning visitors to explore the galleries and take advantage of tours and other programs the museum offers, every week year round, without cost to the visitor.
  4. DROP IN STUDIO: Saturdays in August, 1–4 p.m. From making reclaimed sketchbooks to innovating a mini-golf course with Dad, Drop-In Studio is a great way for everyone to connect with their own personal brand of creativity.
  5. ADULT WORKSHOP: FIGURE DRAWING: On June 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., the GRAM is providing an opportunity to sketch from a live model. Instruction will be facilitated, and the experience is designed to foster an appreciation of beauty and the human form in new and unexpected ways.
  6. CREATIVITY UNCORKED: Remember what it was like to create as a child with no worries about process or end product? This program invites participants to rekindle their relationship with that inner creative genius. Grab a glass of wine and experience the process of creativity first hand. No experience is necessary.
  7. GRAM ON THE GREEN: Thursday evenings this summer, along with free admission to the GRAM for Meijer Free Days, GRAM on the Green adds music, dancing, and the best food trucks around.
  8. YOGA AT THE GRAM: Thursday evenings, join instructors Ashley Yost and Mali Jane for Vinyasa-style yoga classes. Thursday evenings are part of Meijer Free Days, so admission into the museum is free. The class is donation based with proceeds benefiting AM Yoga. All classes are held in GRAM’s Cook Auditorium and start at 5:45 p.m. unless noted otherwise.
  9. GRAM AFTER DARK: The GRAM will celebrate the beginning of ArtPrize Nine with GRAM After Dark, and 21+ part with drinks, dancing, and unique chance to kick off ArtPrize season at what is historically one of the most celebrated locations for taking in ArtPrize.
  10. PURPOSEFUL PLAY + ARTFUL LEARNING: Have a young learner? Children ages 0–5 discover all the Museum has to offer through activates designed to increase fine and gross motor skills, further cognitive and emotional development with discovery and play, and activate interpersonal communication. Lesson plans and discovery packs are available at the Guests Services Desk.

To read the article in it's entirety click here.  

Peace, Love, and Summer.  

Elizabeth Ivy