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Grand Rapids orders removal of ArtPrize entry
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Grand Rapids officials have ordered the removal of an art contest entry that's affixed to a downtown sculpture.
In a statement released Wednesday, Mayor George Heartwell says while he initially saw the installation as "whimsical and attractive," he now considers it to be an "inappropriate treatment of" the Calder sculpture.
The installation is an entry in the ArtPrize competition that takes place annually in Grand Rapids.
MLive.com says it's called "Fleurs et riviere," and features foam flower petals attached by magnets to the big, red sculpture.
The city says it will work with artist David Dodde (DAH'-tee) to decommission the work and help him with the cost of removal. The entry will remain eligible for ArtPrize voting.
Dodde says he's disappointed with the decision, which he calls "unfortunate."