Portrait of a Dreamer

The 15-foot-tall sculpture called “Portrait of a Dreamer,” is composed entirely of stainless steel and overlooks Museum Drive from Michigan Avenue. “Portrait of a Dreamer” is not just substantial in stature but is also interactive and illuminated.

Artist Ivan Iler describes the piece as one that visualizes the flow of ideas transpiring within Lansing’s cultural district, “As I designed this sculpture to represent all three organizations that are housed on Museum Drive, I thought of gears ‘turning’ and those gears/thoughts/ideas moving down toward the cultural district,” said Iler.

Rollercoaster Bike Rack

The functional and creative “rollercoaster” bike rack is prominently placed near Island Park, along the Riverwalk Trail. The rollercoaster nods to the rich history of Island Park and the real rollercoaster that once stood there in the 1890’s when the property was called, “Seven Islands Resort.”

“Artist designed bike racks provide yet another avenue to integrate art into our daily lives while enhancing the community,” said artist and owner, Ken Thompson of Flatlanders Sculpture Supply. The rollercoaster is one of three functional bike racks designed by Flatlanders. A green fish is located at Jaycee Park and an owl is located in the Grand Ledge Area District Library parking lot.

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) with support from the PNC Foundation awarded the City of Grand Ledge $10,000 through their competitive Public Art Grant program in 2017. The grant fully funded the three functional, vibrant art pieces that encourage people to visit, explore, and enjoy all that Grand Ledge has to offer.

Tangled

In 2017, Michigan-based artist Steve Scarborough donated his famed Artprize entry to the City of Grand Ledge. Printed on low luster aluminum, the 6” tall by 4” wide photograph depicts a woman hidden in a tree. Mr. Scarborough thought to make the donation to the city because the basis of the photograph is an actual tree located on South Street. “My piece represents how we’re all intertwined in nature, but it’s sometime hard to recognize that fact,” said Mr. Scarborough.

Tangled can be found on the exterior wall of the Barn Theatre building, located amongst the trees in beautiful Fitzgerald Park.

Fish Bike Rack

The functional and creative “fish” bike rack is a colorful site at Jaycee Park, located near the boat launch along the Riverwalk Trail. Fishing the Grand River is a popular pastime for Jaycee Park visitors, as is biking the rich trail system around Grand Ledge. The fish is a perfect addition to this fun and functional park.

“Artist designed bike racks provide yet another avenue to integrate art into our daily lives while enhancing the community,” said artist and owner, Ken Thompson of Flatlanders Sculpture Supply. The fish is one of three functional bike racks designed by Flatlanders. A rollercoaster is located at Island Park and an owl is located in the Grand Ledge Area District Library parking lot.

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) with support from the PNC Foundation awarded the City of Grand Ledge $10,000 through their competitive Public Art Grant program in 2017. The grant fully funded the three functional, vibrant art pieces that encourage people to visit, explore, and enjoy all that Grand Ledge has to offer.

Owl Bike Rack

The functional and creative “owl” bike rack brings a bit of whimsy to the recently redesigned parking lot located off of East River Street in downtown Grand Ledge. The scholarly owl incorporates numerous books which is relatable since this parking lot provides access to the Grand Ledge Area District Library, as well as numerous other area businesses and nearby parks. The owl adds artistic flare to a frequently visited area of downtown.

“Artist designed bike racks provide yet another avenue to integrate art into our daily lives while enhancing the community,” said artist and owner, Ken Thompson of Flatlanders Sculpture Supply. The owl is one of three functional bike racks designed by Flatlanders. A rollercoaster is located at Island Park and a fish is located at Jaycee Park.

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) with support from the PNC Foundation awarded the City of Grand Ledge $10,000 through their competitive Public Art Grant program in 2017. The grant fully funded the three functional, vibrant art pieces that encourage people to visit, explore, and enjoy all that Grand Ledge has to offer.

Splash

Installed in 2015, Splash is a large sculpture that is the shape of a “splash” of water. This piece was created to “help demonstrate to companies looking to come here as well as their employees who settle in cities like St. Johns that we have a cosmopolitan environment which will help the area in terms of economic development,” – Trezise

BE

The BE sculpture was inspired by a drawing of ‘A’ by local student Aaron Boughton, who won our art contest when he was 8 years old.  He showed a young ‘A’ standing with it’s family and reaching for the rainbow overhead. The glass ‘de-constructed rainbow’ overhead was created by renowned glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith.  BE was made possible by a generous donation by Eldon, David, Eldora, and Keisha Howe, in memory of Patricia Howe.

Inspire

The rainbow sculpture, INSPIRE, was motivated by an experience Lee Howser had many years ago. Another rainbow sculpture captivated him and stirred memories of the times he had started over and transformed his life into something new and different, and often for the better. Lee felt that the pivotal and transformational role that AL!VE plays in our community and in people’s lives made it the perfect place to create this artwork. INSPIRE was generously commissioned by the Howser & Kimmer families, with additional donations by Alro Steel.

Growing Progress

The sculpture titled, “Growing Progress” was created by Michigan artist, Thomas Sheerin and is made entirely of recommissioned metal. The inspiration for the sculpture was to honor the Huhn family and their legacy in Grand Ledge from farming to selling Chevrolets. In 1919, Leo Huhn broke from the family’s agriculture roots and opened a Chevrolet dealership in Grand Ledge. Standing 10 feet tall and 11 feet in length, the base of “Growing Progress” represents a plowshare transforming into a wheat crop to pay homage to the Huhn’s family beginning as immigrants whose livelihood was based in agriculture. The top of the sculpture represents an eagle/jet-shaped hood ornament similar to a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air and signifies the country post WWII, strong and growing into the Jet Age. The entire sculpture signifies that after years of war and depression, the country is looking up.

The sculpture was donated by David and Nancy Huhn in memory of David’s parents, Victor J. and Rosella C. Huhn who were lifelong residents of Grand Ledge.