Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Grand Rapids: Surprisingly Grand

I have no idea why, but I always had sort of a negative mental image of Grand Rapids (second largest city in Michigan, for you out-of-staters.) Turns out it's actually really nice- the east side feels a LOT like Portland, with lots of super cute quirky shops and restaurants and beer.

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The rather beautiful Brewery Vivant. I think I overheard someone saying it used to be a funeral home.

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The rest of these are from the Meijer Gardens, an odd botanical-sculpture-garden where we did some knitwear photo-shootings.

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Scary carnivorous plant!

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Trying to look as put-out as that bear.

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GIANT NEURON! SO COOL.

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There'll be some more neato sculptures coming up with the knits ;-) But that's good for now.

7 comments:

  1. I love cities with a lot of different public art. I don't suppose you happen to know who make the neuron? It looks like a tree that is in DC, and I wanted to know if it was the same artist.

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  2. I believe it's by Roxy Paine, which is a badass name.

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  3. Aww you were in MY neck of the woods!! GR isn't bad, but it doesn't have the kickin' spinning loft that you have over in AA...

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    1. The spinning loft is awesome but it's in Howell so I don't make it there much anyway :-P I'm due for a trip. (Or maybe not, my fiber stash is pretty overflowing, heh...)

      I did not make it to GR's yarn store(s) on this trip... any good 'uns?

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  4. Nevermind that. Fiber stashes are meant to overflow (at least that's what I tell myself...)!

    Threadbender is a pretty nice store... and there's a new one that I've been meaning to get to called "A Grand Skein" that sounds promising.

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  5. so funny to see this post... you were only about an hour north of me. I have pictures with that same bear from my childhood and just was able to get my butt to Brewery Vivant recently. you did hear correctly, it was in fact a funeral home/chapel in prior lives. :D

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  6. You cut your hair and you are drinking a beer?! wha?

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