Controversial ArtPrize entry on Calder granted extension

9:45 PM, Sep 26, 2013   |    comments
"Fleurs et Riviere" on the Calder sculpture.
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The artist told to remove his ArtPrize entry from the Calder is receiving a temporary extension.

David Dodde was given permission by the city to decorate the Calder with white flowers and leaves, attached with magnets, as part of the competition.

However, after receiving complaints from the Calder Foundation, the city ordered "Fleurs et riviere" removed.

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Initially the work had to come down by Friday, but Dodde now has until Tuesday so his son's class can make a planned field trip to the Calder. Once the visit is over, the artwork will be officially decommissioned.

Below is an email from David Dodde to WZZM 13:

Because I know some members of the media were planning to cover the removal of my work, "Fleurs et riviere" on Friday, I wanted to let you know that I just received word from Mayor Heartwell's office that the work has been given a temporary extension.

Unbeknownst to me, Mayor Heartwell received a call letting him know that my son's class had planned a field trip to ArtPrize for Tuesday. During that trip they had planned to visit Calder Plaza. Understanding how important this visit was to my son, the mayor graciously offered to allow the work to remain in place until my son's visit concluded on Tuesday. After his class has a chance to visit, the work will be "decommissioned" as previously announced by the city.

While this situation remains a disappointment for me, I am grateful for Mayor Heartwell's gracious gesture and appreciate the outpouring of support from the community.

Thank you for all you and your teams are doing to cover ArtPrize.

David Dodde


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