This year the Eames Office is participating in ArtPrize, a three-week-long art bonanza in Grand Rapids, Michigan that runs from September 19 through October 7, 2012. As part of a two-phase community event, 10,000 (10+04) Eames Blank Giant House of Cards have been decorated, assembled and reassembled, inspiring both creativity and collaboration.
On September 22, in the heart of downtown, ArtPrize attendees gathered in Rosa Parks Circle to decorate 5,000 Eames Blank House of Cards. At the same time, they watched a team from Scott Christopher Homes create an amazing and enormous tower from yet another 5,000 Blank House of Cards. The tower was on view for just 24 hours. Once the structure came down, its cards were distributed to thousands of school children and community members who brightly adorned them with drawings, words, poems, ideas and hopes for the future.
Now that all 10,000 cards have been decorated, they have been re-assembled into a brand new configuration of arches, alleys, walls and towers. If you’re in the Grand Rapids area, stop by to see it! The construction of Eames Giant Blank House of Cards is at the gallery next to the UICA at 1 South Division Avenue and will remain on view through the end of ArtPrize.