Sculptfusion, featuring colorful creations, will open on August 4 in downtown MC
The Michigan City Public Art Committee will host its 2021 SculptFusion opening on Thursday, August 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first floor of Artspace, 717 Franklin St. Free and open to the public, the event will feature brightly colored sculptures. Refreshments will be served.
“This year’s event is even more than the annual opening of SculptFusion in Michigan City. It will bring our community together after a one-year hiatus, during which most summer activities like ours were canceled. This year also marks the 10e anniversary of the founding of the Michigan City Public Art Committee, ”said committee chair Robin Kohn in a press release.
Two pieces by famous sculptor Ray Katz have just been installed: “Sentinel”, 16 feet high, is located at the southwest corner of 7e and Franklin Streets. And Mechanical Galaxy ‘, 13 feet high, is at the northwest corner of 8e Street and Michigan Boulevard.
Still to be installed is a stone turtle sculpted by Jason Quigno. Acclaimed Native American sculptor, Quigno is a member of the Saginaw Chippewa tribe.
“Since the inception of SculptFusion, several years after the city’s ordinance Public Art Committee commissioned, residents and visitors to the area have relished the large, eye-catching contemporary sculptures illuminating the city’s main thoroughfares. The presence of art brings beauty and dialogue to every place it has occupied, ”said Janet Bloch, longtime committee member, director of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.
The Otocast smartphone app (www.otocast.com) continues to record onsite and online photos of each sculpture, exact GPS locations, and sculpture information stories with each artist’s voice.
“All you have to do is Googling Otocast and scanning the url on each sculpture block and that brings you to the room. Otocast offers the greatest exposure to a growing number of cultural tourism seekers, families, day trippers and the curious. Our public art is the envy of many cities and regions, ”said Dale Cooper, committee member, curator and community relations manager for the La Porte County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The city currently exhibits 22 sculptures by renowned artists. Nine of them are permanent.
“The opportunities to bring sculptures here continue because the city values the community creative process that public art projects involve. There are so many moving parts, but the people here continue to take up the challenge because works of art beautify our city and bring fun to everyone, ”said Committee member Judy Jacobi.
For more information on SculptFusion 2021, email Jacobi at [email protected].