If you’re not familiar with it, Art Prize is an open art competition that takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, every autumn (for a few years now), but is open to any and all artists from all over the world. I think last year roughly 1700 people were in it and 40% or so were not from Grand Rapids. The top prize is $250,000 (chosen by popular vote), but most people enter Art Prize for the exposure.
Which is my intention..
I wanted to blog about this earlier, but I opted against it because I wasn’t sure where I would be hosting my piece and I thought it could be kind of a let-down if I planned and shared about it and then wasn’t able to secure a venue. What you do is, you register to enter as an artist and then you match up with a venue (there’s about 200 venues available, who previously registered). As it turns out, my hesitations had a good backing because I “almost had” a venue a couple of times. I am happy to now announce, though, that I will be hosting my 2011 Art Prize entry at the Holiday Inn in downtown Grand Rapids.
You can take a peek at my artist profile here.
The reason I am posting there is, naturally, is because the piece I am making to enter into Art Prize is a woodworking piece. Y’all probably remember my earth carving.
If you read my artist profile, you see that I am going to make one into a table-top. Should be pretty cool.
Points of discussion for you awesome people:
1. I am debating between laminating solid wood and using plywood. I want the table top to be roughly 3 inches thick with a little over 2 inches of carving (so very few parts of it will actually be three inches thick). Arguments for or against either choice?
2. Related to item 1, but I want it to be kind of a “fancy” wood- I’d rather not use baltic birch ply but I’m having a hard time finding nice plywood that is actually wood all the way through and not a core of some kind. Walnut may be okay, but it may end up being a little too dark.
3. How heavy do you think this will be? Surely it won’t be any worse than a farm-style dining room table which all seem to do just fine on four legs. I want to make the legs easily detachable so I’m thinking some kind of screw-in hardware.
4. I would love to hear suggestions for what to do on the legs. I have a couple of ideas but nothing concrete. I want to learn towards a vaguely post-modern, vaguely art deco. Simple enough to not compete with the obvious centrepiece of it all but interesting enough to not look like an afterthought.
5. And last- I want to float a glass/plastic tabletop on top of it so you could use it as a normal table. Right now the best idea I have is a series of pegs around the circumference with spacers so that the top sheet could sit snugly in it. but I’m not sure.