Rolling Down - An ArtPrize Piece
September 23, 2015
Since 2011, Nicholas Kroeze, president of Kuyper College, has participated in ArtPrize. Creating wood sculptures with deep scriptural symbolism and themes, as illustrated by his 2012 entry, “Lifted,” based on Psalm 40:2, which depicts a desperate pit-dweller reaching out to God, pleading to be “lifted” from his plight.
In 2013, he created “How Long?” Referencing Revelation 6:9-11, it was made up of a sea of sculpted wooden heads. Showing expressions of sorrow and agony, they represented suffering and dying children from all parts of the globe and history. The piece also included an interactive component through which ArtPrize attendees could, as a memorial, write on white robes—mentioned in Revelation—the names of lost children or events in which many children may have perished.
Last year, President Kroeze collaborated with his sons, Nathan and Nicholas Kroeze, Jr., and his son-in-law, Chet Glass. Together, known as the Kroeze Krew, they created a 2014 ArtPrize “Final 20” piece, “The Pond,” which ultimately garnered fifth place. The entry, with around 2,000 sculpted wood pieces, featured raindrops falling into a pond and creating a ripple—communicating God’s grace falling on us and the extent to which we can extend that grace to others.
This year, the Kroeze Krew returns to ArtPrize with “Rolling Down.” The wood sculpted waterfall, 24 feet in height and made of seven different types of wood, is based upon a quotation from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final address in which he called for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” In that spirit, the diverse woods used in sculpting Rolling Down serve as a symbol of the people of the world mixing together at the end of the waterfall, and despite disagreements, achieve justice and righteousness by listening and learning about each other in loving relationship.
Rolling Down can be seen at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.