Cities are distinguished by the quality of their architecture, their art and their public sculpture. For a small town in Michigan, Ann Arbor ranks pretty high. Since the 1830s, the city has made good use of its attractive river front, first for the Michigan Central Railroad that linked Ann Arbor to the outside world and, more recently, for appealing green space.
The Arts Alliance cooperated with the City of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission to create four major new sculptors for the banks of the Huron River. This inspiring project was also supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the often criticized National Endowment for the Arts.
The picture here shows Canoe Fan by Victoria Fuller. It is an impressive work since, on those few nice summer days we enjoy here in Tree City, the Huron River provides transportation for many canoes and their passengers, canoes that may be rented from a city agency about one hundred yards for this glistening sculpture. This sculptor is now based in Chicago but studied art in Denver, San Francisco, Paris and Chicago. She has incorporated themes linked to nature into many of her works. Her use of canoes in this sculpture is memorable. You may see pictures of many of her creative efforts on her website which is listed below.
The other sculptures in this 2015 Ann Arbor series include:
Canoe-vue by Jeff Zische in Broadway Park
Tulip by Ray Katz sited in Ann Arbor’s Bandemer Park
Turbine by Heater Andrews, Dustin Lafromboise and J. Neil Lawley from Missouri State Western University and Hausman Metal Works
Artist: Victoria Fuller
Medium: Aluminum canoes
Date of grand opening: August 7, 2015
Website for the sculptor: http://victoriafullerart.com/
Use in 2015: Public Art
Photograph: Ren Farley; July 23, 2015
Description prepared: July, 2015
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