Every community has its own vocabulary -- the names and places that make it feel like home. Here's an insider's look at the history, culture, and special character of a place called West Michigan. By the time you're done reading, you should be able to find us on The Mitten, name some of our beautiful beaches and local celebrities, describe the function of the Fish Ladder, and identify why dentists have a special place in their hearts for Grand Rapids. For extra credit: what world-famous architect designed our downtown amphitheatre?
There is so much spectacular sculpture in the metropolitan area that enthusiasts have developed an entire website devoted to it: sculpturesitesgr.org. From the website: "The Greater Grand Rapids area has quietly built an impressive collection of modern and contemporary sculpture over the course of the last 30 years. World-renowned masters from Auguste Rodin to Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero to Maya Lin, Clement Meadmore to Henry Moore have become a part of the cultural patrimony in a variety of public sites and collections." Go there for an annotated catalogue, then grab a camera and see how many hidden treasures you can spot on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
See also: Calder, Gardens
Download a brochure of all 57 Reasons to Love West Michigan (pdf). This information has been provided by The Right Place.