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ArtPrize 2010: Grand Rapids Gigarama to be Installed on September 18 by Steven Huyser-Honig
Photographer Steven Huyser-Honig created Grand Rapids Gigarama for ArtPrize 2010. This 8-by-20-foot photographic panorama of the downtown skyline preserves 24 unique moments of beauty that make up a day in the life of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
By: Steven Huyser-Honig, Great Lakes Editions
Huyser-Honig says, “As a nature and landscape photographer, Grand Rapids has nurtured my creativity but not often been the subject. For my ArtPrize entry I wanted a project that would express my affection for this town and push the limits of my creative potential.” As planned, he used a super telephoto lens to take hundreds of photographs each of small sections of skyline. He spent most of May 26, 2010, shooting from a hill overlooking downtown Grand Rapids.
The final result of blending 577 images isn’t the “seamless transition from dawn to dusk” that he’d envisioned. “I found that the rate of change varies a lot. I learned that each day is made up of discrete moments of beauty, and there is beauty in each moment,” Huyser-Honig says.
To preserve the sense of discrete moments, he printed Grand Rapids Gigarama on 24 vertical panels of fabric. Each panel is composed from 14 to 25 images. He’ll hang the panels in parallel overlapping arcs “so that viewers can feel immersed in the flow of time and place,” he explains.
The Grand Rapids (Mich.) photographer sells his work online at Great Lakes Editions, through art representatives and at art shows in Michigan and Chicago. He’ll be at the Fallasburg Fall Festival near Lowell, Michigan, on September 25 and 26.
CONTACTS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY OR MORE INFORMATION
Monroe Community Church will host an ArtPrize sneak peak on Tuesday, September 21, from 6-9 p.m. Reporters may also make an appointment to see Grand Rapids Gigarama before ArtPrize opens. Contact Steve Huyser-Honig:
Reporters may download a simulation of Grand Rapids Gigarama by Steven Huyser-Honig for news or broadcast publication. The photo is at bit.ly/cyCVHN. It is sized to 3x8 at 300 dpi. Just right click and save.
Reporters may download a publicity photo of Steven Huyser-Honig for news or broadcast publication. The photo is at bit.ly/cBNojJ. It is sized to 4x6 at 300 dpi. Just right click and save.
STEVEN HUYSER-HONIG AT ARTPRIZE
•You can see Grand Rapids Gigarama at Monroe Community Church (800 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 140), the largest ArtPrize venue in the Monroe North neighborhood. The church is hosting work by 17 ArtPrize artists.
•You can view Steven Huyser-Honig’
•FOX17, WOODTV8, and WGVU radio covered Huyser-Honig’
•Public voting for the world’s largest art prize will be from Wednesday, September 22, 2010, to Wednesday, October 16, 2010, though viewing lasts through Sunday, October 10.
•He prints his digital images with pigment inks on natural cotton rag papers, which is more environmentally friendly than traditional photographic processes and results in a longer archival life.
•Huyser-Honig donates 5% of Great Lakes Editions’ net income to organizations working to preserve the beauty of the Great Lakes region.
•St. Mary’s Health Care Center, Muskegon Community Foundation, Calvin College, Holland Community Hospital, Northwestern Mutual Insurance, and several other businesses have purchased Steven Huyser-Honig’
•His photograph November Gale was the 2008 Professional Grand Prize Winner in the photo contest sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and Chicago-based Great Lakes Forever. It was also selected for the 2008-2009 Michigan Governor's Residence Artists Program and hung for a year in Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s home in Lansing, Michigan.
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