International artwork abounds in the World of Winter

MichiganWeatherHuman InterestCommunity Art
Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 01/31/2022, 10:16 PM
Edited: 02/11/2022, 2:24 AM

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) It's cold outside but that's perfect weather for encouraging people to embrace the winter season in the City of Grand Rapids. 

The "World of Winter" kicked off at the beginning of January and features different art designs around the city that can be enjoyed during the day or at night. 

"It's a chance for families and individuals to come downtown and experience what Grand Rapids has to offer," said World of Winter spokesperson Raul Alvarez. "And it really showcases Grand Rapids. Not just at the state but regionally because there's no such type of event anywhere else, especially of this magnitude." 

Ten of the art designs were made by international artists. 

"We're fortunate to have international artists and that's the beauty of how this event has grown," said Alvarez. "Being able to attract international artists. Spain, Australia, the UK to come and be a part of this event."

The different art installations include: a light maze, a singing tree, trumpet flowers, and the bunnies of Intrude. 

There is also an ice carving contest and more than 50 ice sculptures. 

Some of the art installations are meant to be educational, like the Crank Zappa Jellyfish.

"It's made out of single use plastic and it's educational, it's interactive, all the tentacles when you press them, they play music, they tell you a story about the importance of paying attention to plastic waste and the environment," said Alvarez. 

The Submergence Installation is something people can experience by walking through it. 

Alvarez says the overall hope is to inspire people to enjoy the winter season in West Michigan. 

"We've got winter, we've got snow, let's enjoy it."

If you are interested in attending World of Winter, more information can be found here. 


Ann Marie Worthley
02/02/2022, 6:21 PM

Great story!