The annual ArtPrize competition began as an offthewall idea that agitated and drew criticism from the art world,

devised by an heir to a massive fortune. Now in its fifth year, it's a welltuned event anticipated by casual art admirers, hopeful artists and even critics.

On Sunday, after 11 days of public voting, festival organizers announced the 10 most popular art pieces on display in the city of Grand Rapids, Mich. They'll now go on to a second round of public voting and compete for a share of the $360,000 in prize money, with the grand winner receiving $200,000.

It's not only the public voting for such a large cash award that makes ArtPrize unusual, but that it's open to anyone over the age of 18. This year, more than 1,500 entries filled the city, and the competition has received 430,000 votes and counting from the public.

Last year, Adonna Khare's detailed, largescale drawings of elephants took home the top public vote prize. The public has seemed to favor natural subject matter, which hasn't changed: this year, four finalists depict Danny Amendola Authentic Jersey animals, with many concentrating on natural themes.

The contest has drawn its fair share of Danny Amendola Jersey controversy, and some have deemed many of the popular entries as lowbrow or pandering. Last year, ArtPrize began awarding significant juried prizes too, with a grand prize winner receiving $100,000 and five other entries receiving $20,000 each.

ArtPrize Executive Director Christian Gaines told Michigan Radio that he's happy that the competition draws a large variety of work. He said the variety is reflected in the voters, as well:

"All kinds of people voting, with all kinds of different ideas of what they think is art. And what makes them happy, what strikes a chord with them . the public vote reflects that," Gaines told Michigan Radio. "This is the only community I can think of where the local NBC affiliate will preempt prime time television for three hours to talk about art in an intelligent way. . And that's because there's an audience that's interested in learning about that and doing that."

Scroll through the list to see the 10 artists whose works received the most public votes.

"Finding Beauty in Bad Things: Porcelain Vine," by Fraser Smith is a trompe l'oeil quilt carved out of wood. The piece is based on the porcelain vine, a plant Smith first saw when he attended ArtPrize last year. "Turns out they call it the 'kudzu of the north,/ since it's invasive, and can completely cover, and kill trees, and shrubs," Smith wrote. "I'm thinking of doing a series of pieces where the plant, or animal, or substance, or . whatever, is a bane, but hides behind a visually appealing exterior, and uses that as a defense; an evolutionary tool." Location: DeVos Place Convention Center.

"Botanical Exotica a Monumental Collection of the Rare Beautiful" by Jason Gamrath is an installation of handblown glass and steel. "The purpose of creating this series on a macro scale, is to bring to light the beauty that exists within the micro scale of nature," Gamrath writes on his website. "When I scale life forms up to be larger than a person, they can be observed with this prospective from across a room due to the overwhelming physical presence that they command. It is my hope that when people admire my largescale renderings, they can become captivated enough to look closer at earth's creations, and appreciate nature with the same eyes that I humbly and graciously experience our natural world through." Location: Grand Rapids Art Museum.

"Taking Flight" by Michael Gard is woven with recycled aluminum wire and LED lights. The sculpture first showed up in Grand Rapids when Gard floated her around the city on a giant helium balloon. "For me, the piece is about uplifting the human spirit. Illuminated from within, she drifts above, representing our hopes, dreams, and feelings," he writes. "I weave wire by first creating a sculpture in clay, then using molds to reproduce it in wax. I then handweave wire stitchbystitch around the wax form. The wax is melted away leaving a light but rigid sculpture. This piece is by far my most ambitious, representing at least 2,000 hours of work." Location: DeVos Place Convention Center.

Winner!"Elephants" by Adonna Khare

Adonna KhareAdonna Khare reacts after winning the $200,000 ArtPrize Award for "Elephants" at the fourth annual ArtPrize awards Friday, Oct. 5 , 2012 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The annual art competition began Sept. 19. This year's installment features entries from 1,517 artists from 56 countries and 45 states. The works are on display at dozens venues across downtown Grand Brandon LaFell Authentic Jersey Rapids. A list of the 10 finalists for the public vote was earlier announced by organizers. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Cory Morse)

Grand Juried Award "Displacement (13208 Klinger St)" by Design 99. Time lapse video of the exhibition install.

Mitch Cope And Gina ReichertArtPrize 2012 Winners Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert of Design 99 from Detroit talk about their piece, "Displacement," Friday, Oct. 5 , 2012 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The annual art competition began Sept. 19. This year's installment features entries from Brandon LaFell Jersey 1,517 artists from 56 countries and 45 states. The works are on display at dozens venues across downtown Grand Rapids. A list of the 10 finalists for the public vote was earlier announced by organizers.

2D Juried Award Winner"Habitat" by Alois Kronschlaeger3rd Place Public Vote"Rebirth of Spring" by Frits Hoendervanger.

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My 10yearold nephew lives in Cranford, NJ and really likes tropical birds. My wife and I said for Christmas we'd take him to the zoo hopefully to see some birds and really the only research I had done was to confirm the Prospect Park Zoo (which is the same thing as the Brooklyn Zoo??) was open in the winter, but when I look at the site there's not much mention of tropical birds. Is there anything better in the area?

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The Central Park Zoo's rain forest exhibit is awesome. Lots of brightlycolored tropical birds up close and personal.

posted by lalex at 10:29 AM on January 3 [2 favorites]

Brooklyn Zoo/Prospect Park Zoo are basically the same thing, yeah. And no, there isn't much there in the way of tropical birds.

Seconding the Central Park Zoo, though the Bronx Zoo also has rather a few.

posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:31 AM on January 3

Thirding Central Park Zoo the nature of the exhibit is such that the birds are RIGHT THERE NEXT TO YOU OMG!!!! Not even in a cage! Just right there next to you on a branch or a railing or even on a bench made for people! WOWEE! My kid loved it. (And so did I!)

posted by BlahLaLa at 10:34 AM on January 3

I'm not sure what's near you, but ever aquarium I have ever been to has had a tropical bird exhibit often ones you can feed and they tend to be warm inside places, so you might check those as well.

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posted by Mchelly at 10:57 AM on January 3

The Bronx Zoo is really good. And while your experience may vary the indoor jungle world and bird houses are nice to visit in the winter and at times the birds can get pretty up close and personal.

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posted by griphus at 10:59 AM on January 3

Parrots of the World is an increadable store. Last time I was there they had about a hundred birds, most in wire cages or out on a perch.

posted by Sophont at 11:19 AM on January 3

The birds in the Central Park Zoo aviary just do not give a fuck and will interact with people whenever they feel like it. They are the most New York of birds.

If your grandson ever gets out to Pittsburgh, I highly recommend the National Aviary there. It's a beautiful facility, and the birds there are even chummier than at Central Park. Some kind of puffy gray swan thing from South America fell in love with me and kept wriggling around my ankles like a cat. It was wild.

posted by Sidhedevil at 12:07 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]

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"Feeding" them consists of "get handed a tiny paper cup of some sort of juice/fruit smoothie substance and then step into an enclosure, at which point about twelve birds will instantly swoop down upon you and stand on your head and shoulders and arms while the closest one to your hand guzzles it down in two seconds, and then they all fly away over to the next person." But for a kid it'd be Dont'a Hightower Navy Jersey way cool.

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Your reorganization sounds interesting, but be very careful about wiping out folders in any are that's not designed to hold general usercreated documents. Many things in Windows are pathdependent and will stop working if the directory structure is changed or destroyed.

posted by contraption at 1:32 PM on October 20, 2008

What I am trying to do is delete the folder containing the file along with all its contents using a right click.

My reorganisation only involves how I use my home folder but it should mean I don't need to 'see' the rest of Windows.

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I accomplish what you want to do in a two Chandler Jones Authentic Jersey step way. I delete the files I don't want or relocate the ones I do.

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