Some $1 million in interactive digital
art may generate such memorable virtual scenes in Grand Rapids' Skywalk
that conventioneers and other visitors will come back for more. Could
the enclosed Skywalk, a key factor in helping the city attract
conventions during winter months and currently a long uninteresting
walk, become a showpiece for the city?
According to excerpts from the story:
Imagine playing virtual volleyball on a
Grand Haven beach in the enclosed skywalk that runs from the Amway
Grand Plaza Hotel to the entrance of DeVos Place. Or imagine watching
your shadow build a snowman on a prominent site in Grand Rapids while
standing in that same skywalk. Then imagine that the Convention and
Arena Authority can find the revenue to turn these and other virtual
experiences into reality.
MacKeigan “I think we’re looking at
$1 million for three sections,” said Rich MacKeigan, CAA executive
director. Members of the CAA Operations Committee participated last
week in a demonstration of the multi-sensory experiences nodes they are
considering adding to portions of the skywalk to give visitors to the
convention center a memorable impression of the city.
coming in for a convention, we want them to come back. Or if they’re
coming in for a (site) visit, we want them to come back,” said
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