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  • Rosa Park Circle - Tuesday afternoon - photo from Jen Pascua
  • The ice at Rosa Parks Circle is painted as a giant chess board.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Rosa Parks Circle became an icy battleground Tuesday.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Downtown Alliance  sponsored the creation of a giant ice chess set. The creators are Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield who have competed in ArtPrize during the past two years. They spent the day putting the set together then they played a game of chess that lasted about ninety minutes.

The teams received input from spectators like Joe Eimer: "I think it's a great idea - it's fun, nice day - wind's not blowing it's cold. It's interesting that's for sure."

"We've been working on the chess pieces for over a month and a half. The chess sculpture was one of the first designs we had marketed for the show and we knew we had a lot of work to get it done. We've been working on it slowly as we've been producing the other sculptures," said Finch.

The show Finch referred to is the Food Network's "Ice Brigade" which will film Tuesday's event. The chess set will remain at Rosa Parks Circle as long as the weather cooperates.

By Josh Aldredge

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