ArtPrize 10 finalist features Grand Rapids owls

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If you look up after dark during ArtPrize 10, you'll see the ghostly images of owls projected on the side of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

It's "Animal Land" by Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars, and it's a public vote finalist in the time-based category in the world's largest art competition.

"Kendra and I met in 2013 and kind of combined a concept that I had with technical abilities that she had, and there 'Animal Land' was born," Strohacker told 24 Hour News 8 Monday.

She said they use animals that can be found in the area where the piece is displayed. In this case, they recorded owls from the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids.

"(The Nature Center) had eight incredible ambassador owls and so we filmed all of them, and there's six species of owls that are native to the West Michigan region up on the GRAM," Strohacker said. "As soon as we started filming them, they were great models. They were moving their heads around, they were looking down, and we knew we were going to have an image that seemed interactive to the public that was walking down below."

The public vote finalists are competing for a $200,000 grand prize, as well as smaller category awards. The winners, as well as the winner of a $200,000 juried grand prize, will be announced Friday during an awards show that will air live on WOOD TV8.

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