Mother and son dial up a big win at Grand Rapids ArtPrize
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (AP) – The main ArtPrize winner is an old phone booth on a footbridge in Grand Rapids.
Not just any phone booth. Before You Go enables people to hear advice about life that has been received from more than 100 local residents and others.
Monica Pritchard and Christian Reichle’s mother-son team won the $ 50,000 prize on Friday.
“I’m just passionate about telling people stories related to the business, and I’ve shared that with my son,” said Pritchard, who works as an executive sales coach. “Christian helped me make it come alive.”
She said she and her son didn’t enter the competition to win it.
“You pour your heart into something and don’t know how to do it,” said Reichle. “To have the response that we had and then to win is huge.”
The ArtPrize ends on Sunday, but people can still see Before You Go. The telephone line on which messages are recorded can be reached at 1- (888) -665-2036.
For 18 days, a variety of art was displayed in parks, museums, galleries, vacant buildings and other locations.