Grand Rapids World of Winter Festival. (January 15, 2024)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Recent snowstorms and frigid temperatures have made Grand Rapids a perfect fit for the winter world.
The 7th annual festival runs until March 10th, so there's still plenty of time to check it all out. With 30 art installations, 81 ice sculptures, and 43 free events, people of all ages will find something of interest.
“I was really surprised this year. This is actually one of two installations I have,” says Rockford-based light artist Two Eagles Marcus.
The two-month festival features many local artists like Marcus.
“This is a huge accomplishment for me and I am very excited to be a part of this year’s event.” winter world” Marcus said.
his art installation The event, called Four Directions, showcases important aspects of Native American culture.
“How does the number 4 and the four directions, and the four directions of north, south, east, and west, relate to the seasonal cycles of spring, summer, fall, and winter? And how does that relate to the life cycle of birth and adulthood? '' Marcus explained.
Four Directions was formed by Marcus and a team of 5-6 people.
“I think it's exciting to be able to use light and sound to convey teachings in a fun way that's a little bit dramatic and sounds like a heartbeat. So it's like the heartbeat of a life cycle.” said Mr. Marcus.
“I think it's important to show that we're still here and that we're still creating art in order to be seen by Native Americans,” he added. “It’s not necessarily the typical art that you think is associated with Native American culture, like these necklaces or what you think.”
Marcus' second installation is illuminated by lots of LED lights.
“Calopilone, I describe it as a human-sized LED kaleidoscope experience,” Marcus said.
This immersive art installation has sound and light and allows people to step inside.
Be sure to stop by our free winter-themed programs and events, including art installations, snow yoga, Black history and ice sculpture walking tours, silent disco, and more.
“World of Winter is an amazing festival of lights in downtown Grand Rapids that invites you to take your family outside, go for a long walk, put your feet up, see some really great art, and have some really great experiences. “I think it's a great opportunity to do things with your family and friends,” Marcus said.
You can find a list of map and Calendar of free events On the World of Winter website.