Thousands of lanterns were launched from the downtown Grand Rapids area a week ago as part of ArtPrize. Two of those lanterns landed near downtown Grand Haven.
The lanterns were part of "Lights in the Night," which was to symbolize where hope takes flight in the form of sky lanterns representing individual hopes, dreams and wishes. More than 15,000 Chinese sky lanterns were launched from coordinated key points on Sept. 28.
Joyce Martyn picked up one of the lanterns on the morning of Sept. 29 on the lawn east of her house, at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Fifth Street.
“I remember thinking that I wished people would pick up their garbage," the Grand Haven woman said. "I thought it was a big plastic bag.”
Martyn, 82, soon discovered it was one of the lanterns launched the previous night at ArtPrize, about 30 miles to the east in Grand Rapids.
“It’s an unusual thing,” she said. “Everything usually blows east. How did it get clear over here?”
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