Art, "Grand River Fish Petroglyph"
Art, "Grand River Fish Petroglyph"
Art, "Grand River Fish Petroglyph"


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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Art
Grand River Watershed ➔ Art, "Grand River Fish Petroglyph"

Identifier:
2014.43.1
Description:
"Grand River Fish Petroglyph" is an art installation by artist Kevin Sudeith located on the property of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The work was created as an ArtPrize 2014 installation that is comprised of 5 boulders that were carved as petroglyphs with fish designs.

The following artist statement describes the significance of the work that references the historical importance of rock art:

"Rock art has told the stories of people and places for tens of thousands of years. I have been making rock art for the past eleven years in communities across North America, creating enduring images that will mark this moment in time for years to come. Grand Rapids is my first installation in an urban setting. Here, I have brought in five boulders of local Michigan field stone, and carved them on site with the images of 20 species of fish found in the section of the Grand River along which they sit. Sturgeon that have swum these waters for millions of years coexist with salmon that were introduced in the 1960s. A lake trout, that can be only be found up to the 6th street dam, swims below the Northern pike. The stones belong here, and will remain in Grand Rapids."
Date:
2014
Materials:
Rock
Source:
Gift of Kevin Sudeith
Rights:

Makers/Donors
Kevin Sudeith
Kevin Sudeith practices the oldest art form, carving petroglyphs. Since 2010, he has been traveling the country, having adventures, and carving images of local life in bedrock. In North Dakota he carved images of broad acre farming, oil production, and space shuttles, in Montana Sudeith carved cowboys, tractors, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory, in the Bay Area he carved ships, sailboats, and an upside down astronaut. Sudeith’s petroglyphs are presented through diverse media such as video, collage, and a unique form of printmaking: He paints the carved stone and impresses wet paper or pulp onto the carving, transferring the paint to the paper as the paper is embossed with the relief of the carving. Sudeith had his first solo show in New York City in June 2013. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Hyperallergic. (From the Artprize Website, 2014)

Kevin Sudeith
Kevin Sudeith practices the oldest art form, carving petroglyphs. Since 2010, he has been traveling the country, having adventures, and carving images of local life in bedrock. In North Dakota he carved images of broad acre farming, oil production, and space shuttles, in Montana Sudeith carved cowboys, tractors, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory, in the Bay Area he carved ships, sailboats, and an upside down astronaut. Sudeith’s petroglyphs are presented through diverse media such as video, collage, and a unique form of printmaking: He paints the carved stone and impresses wet paper or pulp onto the carving, transferring the paint to the paper as the paper is embossed with the relief of the carving. Sudeith had his first solo show in New York City in June 2013. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Hyperallergic. (From the Artprize Website, 2014)
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