ArtPrize artist to showcase ‘Metal Monkey Mania' on the Blue Pedestrian Bridge in Grand Rapids | Arts & Culture
This story submitted by Jenny Luth of Clark Communications
(GRAND RAPIDS, MICH) – Sculptor and ArtPrize artist Dale Rogers, along with Humane Society of West Michigan have confirmed the location of the Metal Monkey Mania ArtPrize exhibit to hang from the top of the Blue Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids. This exhibit will be experienced from the bridge as spectators will be able to stand underneath 100 metal monkeys hanging overhead.
Each monkey is 4 1/2 feet tall, 2 feet wide and 6 inches deep and each weighs about 30 pounds. They are made of steel and are designed to oxidize into a rich brown color. As you can see from the mock up of the bridge, the monkeys will hang in groupings of two or three. A grouping of two will be about 9 feet long and three will be 13 1/2 feet long.
Safety is always the number one consideration for Rogers when planning his artwork and these monkeys were designed and planned to be as safe and secure as humanly possible. The hands of the monkeys have a bolt system so they will be clamped together in their groupings and around the bridge girders; they cannot be lifted off. The monkeys will sway a bit in the wind but not excessively.
Last week, Massachusetts-based award-winning sculptor, Dale Rogers announced that he has once again partnered with Humane Society of West Michigan to showcase his 2011 ArtPrize exhibit ‘Metal Monkey Mania’ – 100 metal monkeys that interlock and hang similar to a barrel of monkeys. A location had not been confirmed at the press conference held at the J.W. Marriott as of Tuesday last week.
About Metal Monkey Mania
Each monkey is 4.5 feet tall, 2 feet wide and 6 inches deep and each weighs about 30 pounds. They are made of steel and are designed to oxidize into a rich brown color. The monkeys will hang in groupings of two or three. A grouping of two will be about 9 feet long, and three will be 13 1/2 feet long.
About Dale Rogers
Dale Rogers takes pleasure in creating work that inspires the public to think about the world differently. He strives to create work that is thought-provoking, sophisticated, easily recognized and serves as a ‘mental postcard'. Dale believes that by adding sculpture to the public landscape, the communities are forever enhanced and the art serves as a reflection of the quality of their community. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, flying kites at the beach, running, Karaoke, camping out in his 70’s Volkswagen bus.
For nearly 125 years, Humane Society of West Michigan has operated under a seemingly simple mission; one that provides both animals and those who care for them with an irreplaceable resource. Humane Society of West Michigan remains an independent entity unaffiliated with other local, regional or national animal welfare organizations, and continues to rely upon individual and corporate donations for 100 percent of its funding.