GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — While some artists were removing their paintings from walls or hauling away their sculptures in trucks, Young Kim was on his hands and knees, sweeping the remnants of his ArtPrize entry into a dustpan.
Kim used 2,500 pounds of salt and clay to create 50 life-size portraits on the floor of a downtown office building. He always intended the works to be temporary – for their end to coincide with that of the 18-day art competition that attracted tens of thousands of people to Grand Rapids.
"I have done this before, so it's not that devastating," he said after erasing his works Sunday.
What had not been done before was ArtPrize, an art competition offering $250,000 to the winner and $449,000 in total prize money. The event became an instant hit and it appeared to provide at least a temporary boost to local businesses and to Grand Rapids' cachet as an art destination.
What ArtPrize will mean to the city in the long run, though, is anybody's guess, in part because its success caught many off guard.
NEW YORK — The NBA has fined Washington guard Gilbert Arenas $25,000 for not making himself available to the media.
The league also penalized the Wizards organization $25,000 on Tuesday for failing to ensure that its players are following NBA media interview rules.
Returning from a series of knee injuries that have limited him to 15 games in the last two seasons, Arenas has refused to talk to the press during the preseason. Ironically, much of his popularity comes from his personality and the popular blog he used to write.
ALBANY, Ind. — A single-engine plane crashed into an Indiana field on Wednesday after the pilot, who was seen slumped over, lost consciousness and the aircraft started flying out of control, officials said.
Military officials do not believe the crash was terrorism-related but said the pilot may have had a health problem or have been suffering from a lack of oxygen. After air traffic controllers lost contact with the pilot, F-16s from Indiana National Guard intercepted the plane and followed it for about an hour until it crashed.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Rod Russell said the pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, died in the crash. No one on the ground was injured in the crash, and no other details were immediately available about the pilot.
David Lykins, 54, of Muncie said he and his nephew were doing construction work when they saw the plane fly in three circles overhead, then tilt on its side with the wings pointed down and crash into trees on the edge of the field.
"I didn't know what to think. I knew whoever was in it didn't have control of it," he said.
WASHINGTON — U.S. military officials say a small, small single engine plane crashed near Muncie, Indiana, after operating erratically. They said they believe the pilot had been suffering from a lack of oxygen.
A spokesman for U.S. Northern Command said that military officials do not believe it is terrorism related. Instead, Michael Kucharek said the pilot may have blacked out due to a condition known as hypoxia.
The plane crashed in a field on a farm. Officials said the pilot was the only person on the plane. Kucharek said the pilot took off from a small airport near Grand Rapids, Mich., and was at an altitude of about 23,000 feet and descending slowly. He said the plane was heading south-southeast and had been speeding up and slowing down to dangerous speeds. Law enforcement was on the scene.