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June 24th 2024 | Written By Press Release | Share

Ford International Airport Selects Local Artist for New Mural Installation

Ford International Airport Selects Local Artist for New Mural Installation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 24, 2024 – The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority is pleased to announce that Dania Grevengoed has been selected to create 12 murals to greet guests driving to and from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dania and her artistic talent to the Airport,” said Tory Richardson, president and CEO of the Ford International Airport Authority. “As part of our efforts to create a memorable journey for everyone, we hope these murals will be enjoyed by guests and will celebrate the creativity and nature in West Michigan.”

Located on the concrete beams in the median between John J. Oostema Blvd. and 44th St., Grevengoed’s installation will represent native plants of West Michigan.

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“The opportunity to portray the native plants of the home I love is the project of a lifetime,” said Grevengoed. “I am honored that my work greets everyone entering and leaving Gerald R. Ford International Airport. I hope these plants bring a little beauty and peace to each traveler's journey.”

The artwork—titled Growth (but they’ve been here the whole time)­—features magnified botanical line drawings of native plants that emphasize their beauty and ecological importance to the region.

“I paint overlooked and under-appreciated beneficial plants at a much larger size to help make them noticed—to have people appreciate the necessity of these plants,” said Grevengoed. “My work is an ode to the green growth of our home.”

The murals’ colors correspond to the habitat that each plant comes from—blues for wetlands, tan for dunes, green for woodlands and white for plants found in multiple habitats.

Thanks to support from the Frey Foundation, the Ford International Airport Authority continues its commitment to showcasing local artists through its public art program. Learn more at FlyFord.org/art.

About the Gerald R. Ford International Airport

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the second busiest airport in Michigan, serving business and leisure travelers with nonstop and connecting flights on six airlines. The Ford International Airport is managed and operated by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. For more information, visit www.flyford.org or follow the airport on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @FlyGRFord.

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