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Photo of dancers during Grand Rapids Festival
在考尔德舞台(Calder Stage)上表演的太平洋小岛舞者(Pacific Island Dancer)1999

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1969年,一种称做stabile (固定雕塑。念做stay-beal)的静物抽象雕像被安置在城中的市政厅前,它是由二十世纪的美国艺术家考尔德(Alexander Calder)所创。考尔德的固定雕塑是将呈曲线形状的平面金属焊接在一起,而且常被漆为红色或黑色。他的固定雕塑是一件充满游戏感及富于想像的创造品,放置在公园及购物中心内,看来十分的抢眼。自雕像被安置在市政厅以后,大湍城的居民就开始想他们需要举办一场艺术节,来欢庆考尔德的作品。更重要的是,他们需要一场艺术节庆来庆祝西密西根的艺术。


How can a piece of art create a monster? Easy, it can inspire an entire city to hold a huge arts festival. It happened in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when a gigantic piece of sculpture was installed on a downtown plaza.

In 1969, a type of stationary abstract sculpture, called a stabile (pronounced stay-beal), was installed downtown in front of City Hall. Twentieth century American artist Alexander Calder created it. Calder's stabiles are constructed of flat curving shapes of metal welded together and usually painted red or black. His stabiles are playful, fanciful creations that look great in parks and plazas. Once the sculpture was in place, the people of Grand Rapids started thinking that they needed an arts festival to celebrate Calder's work. More important, they needed an arts festival to celebrate the arts in West Michigan.

So, in 1970, Festival was born. This three-day arts celebration, held the first full weekend in June in downtown Grand Rapids, attracts thousands of participating artists. Festival has grown from a few booths and food stalls into the nation's largest all-volunteer arts festival, with more than 20,000 volunteers and more than 500,000 people attending. It has grown so large that it is spread out over almost all of downtown - that's a monster of a festival!

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