Red Glasses: Artwork outside Grand Rapids Public Museum is ‘eye catching’

The artist Sam Noordhoff was inspired to create the sculpture “Red Glasses” after the death of a 5-year-old girl in 2018. She was known for her red glasses.

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Visitors to the Grand Rapids Public Museum may have noticed an eye-catching exhibit staring at them.

The artist Sam Noordhoff created a sculpture called “Red Glasses” for ArtPrize 2021.

The sculpture is inspired by a 5-year-old from Grand Rapids who died in 2018. Her legacy began with the “Red Glasses Movement,” which highlighted the uniqueness of children with special needs.

“Audrey was born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect, but those weren’t what mattered to her,” says Noordhoff.

“Audrey was defined by her bright red glasses and was a shining example of love, kindness and courage in this world.”

Noordhoff hopes that the sculpture will encourage more children to read and discover their own uniqueness.

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