Visitors dismantle ArtPrize entry amid apparent confusion

Sep 29, 2015

'Revelry', by Jeffrey Augustine Songco.
Credit artprize.org

Some apparent confusion among visitors to Michigan's annual ArtPrize competition led to one entry being dismantled.

About 27,000 beaded necklaces decorated a fence for Jeffrey Augustine Songco's "Revelry" at Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Songco handed out thousands of additional strings of beads and invited people to wear them, share them or add them to the art installation.

Signs explained the artwork.

On Saturday, however, people began removing beads from the 200-foot long fence.

By evening, they mostly were gone.

Songco says "when you put a work of art in the public space, you never know how the public will react."

The installation is returning in a different form, however.

Some people put back beads Sunday and Songco handed out more on Monday.