The Commons of Evergreen member, Alan Doering, ArtPrize entry

The Renaissance Flame of Grand Rapids

Join The Commons of Evergreen Travel Group as they venture to ArtPrize Nine on October 2nd, 3rd, and 5th! For more information, contact Gail Andrus at 616-355-5115.

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Alan, a retired endodontist, who five years ago didn't know what a table saw was took a wood bowl making class at The Commons of Evergreen Wood Shop. From making that first popcorn bowl to where he has evolved today, woodworking has left him with a wonderful feeling. The 36" tall ArtPrize sculpture, pictured above with the original Waterford cyrstal inspiration, consists of 5807 pieces of cut and glued wood. The four woods are Maple, Yellowheart, Padauk and Wenge. The inspiration for this artwork came from a Waterford crystal gift given to President Ford by the Prime Minister of Ireland in 1976. It was given to the President as a gift during the bicentennial from the people of Ireland. The extraordinary shape captured Alan's attention during a visit at the Museum. The building of the Ford Museum was one of the key events that started the rebirth of downtown Grand Rapids and how the name, Renaissance Flame of Grand Rapids, came to be. 

Alan's piece, Renaissance Flame of Grand Rapids, will be on display at the Ford Museum September 20 - October 8, 2017. To vote for this piece, use code: 64030