Kaleidoscopic by Amanda Browder. Bryan Esler Photo
Browder creates large-scale, vibrant fabric installations — turning building exteriors and other public sites into multi-colored sculptures. Community participation is essential to her work. She engages community members in the cities where her projects take place by gathering materials and stories. Throughout the spring and summer of 2019, the Grand Rapids community is coming together in support of her work — donating colorful fabric and working alongside her to sew the immense textile pieces you’ll soon see wrapped around public spaces throughout the city. Through this community involvement, Browder looks to give a voice to the citizens of Grand Rapids and blur the division between audience and artist.
The largest and most ambitious section of Kaleidoscopic, created for Project 1 by ArtPrize, will be draped over the exterior of a community center building in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Southeast Grand Rapids. The artist will also wrap four skywalks which link buildings in the heart of downtown. The final section will cover the facade of a building at the Tanglefoot site on the southwest side of the city.
Browder’s work for Project 1 is underwritten by:
The installation which wrapped this lodge at MLK Park was de-installed on October 14, after 55 days in the community. You can see more of Kaleidoscopic wrapping four skywalks in downtown Grand Rapids and draped on the building at Tanglefoot.
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Filmed and edited by Paper Knight Films