GRAND: The Grand River Portrait
"The work is iconic...An extensive portrait of the Grand River at night, the sculpture stretches across three tiers. Made of a dark carved acrylic, it has a sense of mystery and majesty that suggests the flowing tribulation of the river against the immensity of the night sky."
-- Joseph Becherer
Chief Curator, Frederik Meijer Gardens (The Grand Rapids Press)
GRAND is a portrait of the Grand River after midnight. Carved from dark acrylic block, it is 22' long and 4' wide.
To create GRAND, Collier developed a software model of wind and current in the Grand Rapids area and also incorporated patterns from a wide range of sound waves she gathered in the human and natural environment in the region.
Collier stated "Like water waves, sound exists for a moment and then passes away. It is intriguing to me to create a method to make sound into a solid form and carve its rhythmic patterns into a sculpture of waves on the water."
Collier documented the technology she developed to create GRAND and her sound wave collection with a series of videos.
GRAND was on view at the Grand Rapids Art Museum as part of Reimagining the Landscape and the Future of Nature, September 12 - October 6, 2013
Video: The Making of GRAND