Virtual Tour of Grand Rapids Art: Part III

This surrealist mural of a robot holding a twig with its detached hand is painted on the side of Swanky’s Pizzeria, a couple of blocks from City. The building is located at 1300 Plainfield Avenue Northeast. Unlike many of the other murals we have featured, this artwork highlights the often adversarial relationship between nature and technology. It might even be reminiscent of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag’s paintings, which you can learn more about in The Strange Story of the Show Inspired Exclusively by Paintings. This particular mural does not include an easily identifiable signature, and the COVID-19 lockdown prevented this reporter from going there to look more closely.


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