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Artist to spend month inside creation during art competition

Emoh, by artist Loren Naji
ArtPrize artist photo

An artist plans bring awareness to homelessness by spending about a month inside his creation during an annual competition in western Michigan.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Thursday that Loren Naji will call the 8-foot spherical "Emoh" home during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. The name is "home" spelled backward.

Pieces of wood and debris from demolished houses were used to create the 192 panels covering the sphere.

Naji, of Cleveland, told the newspaper that he thinks "it's wrong that there are human beings living on the streets."

He is one of more than 1,400 artists competing for cash prizes in ArtPrize.

The event's preview week runs through Tuesday.

The competition takes place Wednesday through Oct. 19.

Art from the competition will be displayed throughout downtown Grand Rapids.

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