I am taking Sea of LoVe on the road to ArtPrize 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This three-week event is a city wide epic art event. 1,700 artists display their work in over 175 venues, such as, nail salons, gas stations, on sidewalks, schools, churches, cafés and even tattoo parlors. It is amazing. The public votes on the best piece of artwork and that artist wins $200,000. I believe that it is one of the largest awards given to an artist and uniquely chosen by the public. You have to be IN Grand Rapids to vote.
I am going to be my own gallery attendant for my installation. I will be on-site for the first two weeks to be available to the public to talk about my work and visit with people. I want the LoVE to go out into the world. Every sign will be for sale for $5. I will also be doing mini-installations in yards around Grand Rapids [10 or more signs for $50 – I can do this in Houston too.] Want a piece of Sea of LoVE check out my store and I will send you some!
2,000 signs are packed into my minivan, ready for the 1,200 mile journey. I really did have to check the payload of my mini-van to be sure that it could tolerate the weight of the LoVE signs. Sea of LoVE will be installed on the lawn of the Gerald R. Ford Federal Courthouse on Michigan Ave. on view from September 23 to October 12.
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This LoVE project started out as a Lenten devotion. I would put one sign out on my dog walk every day for 40 days. I would tie them to trees or leave them in people's yards. It was so embarrassing. I didn't want anyone to see me putting the LoVE out there. I didn't want anyone to know it was me. That didn't last long. People took notice. At Easter that year, I mentioned to my husband that I should put a LoVE sign out every day for a year. He said I should put a LoVE sign out every day for the rest of my life. I think he is right.
The thing is, we are loved abundantly by God/The Universe/The Creator. We in turn can love abundantly without restriction. We have an unlimited amount of LoVE in us. Love knows no end. Love is infinity.
Photo Credits -Marisa Brodie