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World-Class Lighted Art Sculpture Comes To Downtown GR

The intersection of math, science, technology, material, and light merges upon Grand Rapids this winter!

Guest Post Author: Kathryn Jacobs

As the pandemic continues, I’ve been looking for something to get out and do that keeps me entertained and safe. I've always been drawn to sculptural art and I’m excited to share some great news this winter for art, outdoor, and downtown enthusiasts! Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) has approved several large art installations to be placed throughout the city in January and February.  

Through media releases, DGRI has shared that they are collaborating with world-class lighted sculpture artists, Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu of The Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone (HYBYCOZO). They've approved six rented seven-foot sculptures of different shapes to be installed along the Grand River at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

With such large scale, intricate metal art, I’m wondering how these artists develop such a unique craft? Doing a bit of research, I found out that the lead artists, Filipchuk and Beaulieu, can’t do it alone. HYBYCOZO consists of a team of expert fabricators, handlers, and installers. They create, fabricate, and install artwork projects throughout the world. The team thrives in the creative process that investigates patterns and forms as a way to educate and inspire onlookers of all ages. They continuously look for ways to expand the boundaries of technology, geometry and fabrication.

Just viewing photos of their intricate metal work, glass, and illumination, these unique sculptures provoke awe, wonder, and differing moods each time I look at them. I can’t wait for the opportunity to experience these intricate and luminous sculptures in person especially after the sun sets over the river.

I’m also happy and grateful to find out that a 7th sculpture will also be purchased by DGRI for permanent placement in the park. Yes! When the mood hits, I have a place to be luminated and ponder! And with a bit of history and culture! The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians and local tribal members will partner with the artists to create a series of patterns to be displayed along with the sculpture.

Grand Rapids continues to ramp up as a great city for art and culture. I can’t wait to check it out, can you?

Photos sourced from HYBYCOZO

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