“Portrait of a Dreamer” popped up a few months ago on Michigan Avenue in Downtown Lansing. The innovative and interactive sculpture by artist Ivan Iler got people talking; he now has a second piece that will create some buzz in the city of Mason.
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) was joined by Mason Mayor Russell Whipple, Dart Bank President and CEO Peter Kubacki, and regional place-making advocates to unveil the 23rd public art sculpture funded by LEAP’s Public Art for Communities Grants.
“We consider it a huge accomplishment to see LEAP’s placemaking grants continue into 6th year, and mature to offer new opportunities for businesses and municipalities to contribute to this very important part of our overall talent and business attraction and retention strategy,” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP. “Thanks to the many partners that have helped shape and continue this successful program.”
“Seniplarips” was funded by LEAP’s grant program, dedicated at Dart Bank in Mason on March 22, 2018. The contemporary sculpture intends to visualize key words pinpointed by project partners Dart Bank and the city of Mason: community, strength, integrity, generations, stability, involved, progressive and authentic.
Dart Bank and Mason partnered to apply for grant funds in 2017 and were one of three 2017 Public Art for Communities grant recipients, along with the cities of Grand Ledge and East Lansing. Mason also received Public Art for Communities funding from LEAP in 2012 to place “Silver Respite” on South Jefferson St. in Mason.
Three more communities will get funding in 2018, bringing the total number of pieces funded through the program up to 26.