Olalekan Jeyifous

The Boom and the Bust by Olalekan Jeyifous
Bryan Esler Photo

Jeyifous is a Nigerian born, Brooklyn-based artist and architect. His work in public art, installation, drawing, collage and design explores the past and potential futures of urban environments.

For Project 1 by ArtPrize, he will create The Boom and the Bust — a monumental sculpture referencing the historic and contemporary challenges of housing discrimination and the inequities of urban life. This abstracted multi-story building form will rise 25-feet from the ground at the corner of Louis St and Monroe Ave in downtown Grand Rapids. The sculpture arises from the artist’s research into the recent history of housing in Grand Rapids. By combining references to skyscrapers and single-family houses, it reflects the juxtaposition between massive downtown development happening alongside foreclosure and displacement.

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For a complete audio description of Jeyifous’ work, provided by DisArt, listen below.

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Olalekan Jeyifous @ Project 1 by ArtPrize

For Project 1 by ArtPrize, artist Olalekan Jeyifous created 'The Boom and the Bust' — a monumental sculpture referencing the historic and contemporary challenges of housing discrimination and the inequities of urban life. In this video, learn more about Olalekan’s work, background and artistic practice, and then check out his installation on the corner of Louis and Monroe in downtown Grand Rapids through October 27. Video filmed and edited by Paper Knight Films with music by Bob Dolehouse.

Posted by ArtPrize on Thursday, October 17, 2019
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