Greenwall Project of the Week for September 23, 2013: Back to Eden

September 25, 2013 at 1:34 pm Project of the Week: 9/23/13

Back to Eden
Grand Rapids, MI, USA

1,430 sf. Greenwall


Project Description & Details

ArtPrize® is a radically open, independently organized annual international art competition with an unprecedented $200,000 top prize decided entirely by public vote. For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters.

Back to Eden” is a living entry that ties the bonds between art, architecture and nature. Designed by Dave MacKenzie, the “Back to Eden” project is a living painting, with plants as the paint and the LiveWall growing system as the canvas. The various colors and textures are tied together with a tendril of purple vining through the 11′ x 130′ canvas. It is intended to be a colorful, beautiful, thought provoking tribute to living-architecture visionaries like William McDonough, John Todd, and Malcolm Wells.

How to Vote for “Back to Eden”: VOTING code is: 54712. Only people who register via phone app within the ArtPrize area or register at one of the hubs in downtown Grand Rapids can vote (so you actually have to be there to help determine the winner). Find out more here.

Year: 2013
Owner: The B.O.B. (Big Old Building)
Location: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Building Type: Other
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,430 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall Designer: David S. MacKenzie, LiveWall
Greenwall Manufacturer: LiveWall, LLC.

Click here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Vote for “Back to Eden” by Dave MacKenzie of LiveWall at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI through Saturday 9/28!

September 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Hosted in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ArtPrize is the world’s largest art competition and contains thousands of entries – and the viewers are also the voters:  public vote determines the winner of a $200,000 prize.



There are also large juried awards – —$360,000 to be exact!  Dave MacKenzie, founder and president of LiveWall, LLC and LiveRoof, LLC, is entering a 11′ x  130′ living mural called “Back to Eden.”

“The entry of “Back to Eden” is a living entry that ties the bonds between art, architecture and nature.  As ArtPrize is attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors, the living wall entry raises awareness of sustainable building practices and the unlimited potential for creativity in designing them.” ~ Dave MacKenzie


His VOTING code is:  54712


Tens of thousands attend ArtPrize, so this is a very high profile event for the entire living architecture industry. The competition opens today, September 18 and runs through October 6, 2013.


“Two rounds of voting will whittle down the field of 1,524 entries to 10 finalists.

Round one begins today and continues for the next 10 days. Each and every registered voter can cast a ballot for as many of the 1,524 entries as they like.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, ArtPrize’s website will begin posting the artists currently in the Top 100, Top 50 and Top 25 in the popular vote. The rankings will go up sometime after noon on that day.

Over the next four days, the standings will fluctuate in real time until the close of first-round voting at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Voting in the second round begins shortly after the Top 10 are unveiled. Registered voters get just one vote over the next four days until second-round voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.

ArtPrize offers several ways to vote and participate in the radically open, urban exhibition founded by social media entrepreneur Rick DeVos.

You can vote online at each entry’s page on ArtPrize’s web site. You also can vote by text message by texting each artists’ unique, 5-digit voting code to 808080.

Finally, you can vote by mobile apps for both the iPhone and Android platforms.” ~ Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, MLive


About ArtPrize

When: Sept. 18-Oct. 6, 2013
Voting for Top 10 to be eligible for prizes: Sept. 18-28, 2013
How to Vote for “Back to Eden”:  VOTING code is:  54712.  Only people who register via phone app within the ArtPrize area or register at one of the hubs in downtown Grand Rapids can vote (so you actually have to be there to help determine the winner).  Find out more at:
Where: 168 venues within a 3-square mile district downtown between Leonard Street and Wealthy Street, north to south; and between Straight/Alpine Avenue and College Avenue, west to east; and Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE.
Venue Hours: Minimum hours for all venues are 5-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday from Sept. 18 through Oct. 6. Venues may be open for additional hours.
Venue Hours: Exhibition Centers and Showcase Venue hours: Noon-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 18 through Oct. 6.
Admission: Free admission to all ArtPrize venues during ArtPrize hours.


Time Magazine named ArtPrize one of Top Five Favorite Festivals – see here.


What a great way to highlight beautiful public art and bring people downtown in a fun, family atmosphere!  If you’re in the Grand Rapids area and attend ArtPrize, please vote for “Back to Eden” by our colleague Dave MacKenzie, VOTING code:  54712.


Learn more about ArtPrize:

Happy greening!

~ Linda V.