Vandal strikes ArtPrize entry of Gowen woman


By Daily News • Last Updated 7:49 am on Tuesday, October 02, 2012

By The Associated Press 

GRAND RAPIDS — A large, rotating sphere that was installed in Grand Rapids as part of the annual ArtPrize competition has been damaged by a vandal.

MLive.com reported Judy Rogers of Gowen returned to her entry “Love Is.” at the David D. Hunting YMCA  on Monday night to find that the work had been knocked over.

Witnesses told police someone hammered on the artwork until the sphere came off its support.

Rogers says she can’t believe someone would damage the piece.

The entry is covered in drawings about love by students from Lincoln Heights and Cedar Crest Elementary schools in Greenville. The globe rotates while amplified music from school choirs is played. This is the third time Rogers has entered ArtPrize.

It’s the second vandalism report this year during ArtPrize. A work titled “Bridging Humanity” on the Gillett Pedestrian Bridge was reported vandalized last month.

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