In an effort to brighten a West Lansing roadway, officials and community partners gathered Nov. 7 to dedicate a new public art sculpture made possible by Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and PNC Foundation Public Art for Communities Grant, a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)/Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association (SOCA) Patronicity crowdfunding campaign, Christman Construction, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, the City of Lansing, Landscape Architects & Planners, Inc. and the Power of WE.
The stainless-steel sculpture, titled Prosperity, stands 16 ft. tall and was designed by artist Fritz Olsen. Olsen described his vision for the sculpture as one that visually articulates the surrounding roadways and honors the history of the auto industry in the area.
Prosperity is part of the larger Point West Art and Trail placemaking project spearheaded by SOCA, the Old Oakland Neighborhood Association (OONA) and the West Side Neighborhood Association (WNA) in 2016. The project calls for a new one-mile multiple use trail within Dunnebacke and West Side Parks. Prosperity is intended to act as a gateway to the park and to calm traffic in the area.
“I’m thrilled to see the Point West Art and Trail project reaching this important milestone,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. “Prosperity is an important beacon. It signals to both residents and visitors alike that Lansing is a vibrant, dynamic community.”
“This is LEAP’s 23rd art piece placed throughout the three-county area as part of LEAP’s placemaking programs,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP. “LEAP’s vision to embed arts and culture in our everyday lives is absolutely present in our support for this critical piece of a great placemaking project. Both the numbers and incredible public art like this, illustrate that Lansing is growing and is poised for long-term prosperity.”
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