Students from the Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) at Ferris State University teamed up with local office environment company Custer to design and create a newsdesk for WZZM-TV for use during the 19-day ArtPrize event in Grand Rapids.
ArtPrize is an international art competition spread over three square miles of Grand Rapids, with art on display everywhere, including museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, public parks, lobbies, buildings, walls, bridges, etc. About 400,000 people attend the free event each year.
WZZM President/General Manager Janet Mason told TV NewsCheck “The collaboration between Custer, KCAD design students and WZZM 13 has resulted in a news desk unlike any other.”
Constructed out of reclaimed ash wood, from within 25 miles of downtown Grand Rapids, the desk is detailed with donated items repurposed from Goodwill Industries and bottles representing various West Michigan craft breweries — arranged in a wave formation in homage to the area’s Grand River.
The desk is installed on the second floor of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and will serve as the studio for WZZM’s newscasts throughout ArtPrize, which runs now through October 9.
See WZZM’s story on the desk construction below: