DEARBORN, Michigan – Twelve sculptures have been placed throughout Dearborn as part of the community’s 2012-2013 Art in Public Places – Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI). Funding for the project is provided by the Dearborn Community Fund (DCF) and the East and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities. Each month a different sculpture and sculptor are highlighted.
“Off the Diet 4” from the Thin Series is the April sculpture of the month. Created by Blissfield, Michigan sculptor Kenneth M. Thompson, the whimsical abstract piece is made from black granite and steel and weighs 300 pounds. It is located at the northwest end of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.
Thompson produces his work at Flatlanders Sculpture Supply and Art Gallery which he owns and operates in Blissfield. A sculptor for more than 30 years, his focus over the past 15 years has been on the production of large public sculptures. His commissioned work can be found throughout Michigan and Ohio and as far away as Florida and Arizona. His work has also been featured in solo exhibitions.
In addition to his work as a sculptor, Thompson began the successful Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI) which provides other sculptors with opportunities to display and market their work. On an annual basis, MSI places sculptures in over a dozen communities.
“I Spy Dearborn’s Art in Public Places” cards that include photos and locations for all 12 MSI sculptures are available upon request or on the Dearborn Community Fund web page at www.dearborncommunityfund.org.
For additional information on the sculpture initiative, including purchase information, is call the DCF office at 313-943-5478. The DCF is a 501c3 organization and gifts toward purchase of a sculpture for permanent public installation are tax deductible.