See the Steel Water Sculpture when visiting ArtPrize
If you plan to visit this year's ArtPrize, be sure to add a stop to look for the Steel Water sculpture commissioned by the West Michigan District Dental Society.
On January 25, 1945, Grand Rapids became the first community in the world to add fluoride to its public water. The result was one of the most important and successful public health projects in history. Dental decay affects 99% of the population. The simple act of fluoridating the water prevents up to 65% of the dental decay. As a result of Grand Rapids success, water fluoridation has spread throughout the nation and the world to significantly improve the health of hundreds of millions of people. Billions of dollars are saved every year.
To commemorate this historic event, the West Michigan District Dental Society commissioned Dutch sculptor, Cyril Lixenberg from Amsterdam to create a monumental sculpture, his tallest work yet, The 33 foot tall, bright blue, steel sculpture, Steel Water, was given to the City of Grand Rapids to commemorate Grand Rapids’ role in water fluoridation. Steel Water sits on the east bank of the Grand River at the end of Louis Campau Promenade, which is directly across the river from the Van Andel Museum and next to the JW Marriott Hotel.