MICHIGAN CITY — They represent the physics of light, the automotive heyday of Detroit, positivity and psychic powers.
They are the four new sculptures Michigan City has added to its downtown, and they're going to be officially unveiled to the public this week.
The SculptFusion celebration, on Wednesday, July 31, from 5-7 p.m. at Haas and Associates at 526 Franklin St., will bring the city's collection of sculptures in or near the Uptown Arts District to 15.
The event is part of Michigan City’s fourth annual Open House, and is hosted by the Michigan City Public Art Committee (MAC).
“These four newly leased sculptures feature highly original works by noted sculptors, and have elicited a variety of animated comments from viewers, which is exactly what we had hoped for in the Uptown Arts District, Washington Park, major roadways like Michigan Boulevard, the Charles Westcott Park and the city’s west side, and other sites to come," said MAC Board member Judy Jacobi.
"We continue to look forward to outstanding expressions of creativity that artists like these bring to our community, proudly.”
Newly leased pieces are:
• Sunny Han’s Crystal Effect III – a work of primary-colored linked squared, located on the northwest corner of 9th and Franklin streets.
• Charles Pilkey’s Motor City — a work which references the significant presence of the automotive and related industries for which the region is known.
• Ruth Migdal’s Ascending — a large sculpture, continuing the signature red color of her series, expressing celebration and positivity.
• Fisher Stolz’s Clairvoyance — a stainless steel work featuring continuously spiraled pieces leading to a space through which the curious can peer.
Several of the artists will be present to introduce their sculptures.
A variety of Michigan City area restaurants, culinary artists and companies have volunteered “lite bites” and refreshments for the public to enjoy.
“There is so much to celebrate in Michigan City simultaneously this summer," said Dale Cooper, curator and visitor center manager of the La Porte County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
"SculptFusion joins such special events as the Lake Michigan Great Lakes Grand Prix powerboat races and the 18th annual Michigan City Chamber Music Festival. We love the fact that the presence of public sculptures can bring us beauty and joy year-round.”