The Belleville and Van Buren DDAs are pleased to bring outdoor sculptures to our community, showcasing our commitment to invention and cooperation. This year's exhibit enhances our streetscape and parks, engages residents and visitors and highlights local businesses. With the artists and Midwest Sculpture Initiative we are celebrating this special place where we live, work and play.
Use this interactive map to locate each statue.
Do you like what you see? These sculptures are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds stays in the local community. Contact Midwest Sculpture Initiative at 517-486-4591.
Artist: Brian Ferriby | Huntington Woods, MI
$7500Brian is a professional studio artist, sculptor and arts educator. His sculpture forms integrate his passions for architecture, music and nature. He is currently working on commissioned public art pieces around the Midwest and maintaining a studio practice in multiple mediums.
Artist: Sam Soet | Farwell, MI
$5000Sam draws his inspiration from the lines, shapes and movements in nature. Using sustainably sourced materials, he works primarily in subtractive wood sculpture, letting the figure and the grain guide him. Each of his pieces is unique, serving as a memorial to the tree and a tribute to the forest that shelter life and sustains us.
McDonald's and Taco Bell
Title: Glass Totems
Artist: Todd Kime | Ottawa Hills, OH
$8000From architecture to art, Todd’s passion for the creative process drives is work. By using a wide spectrum of materials in various genres of art, a sense of whimsy is always prevalent in his sculptures. He creates art to share his passion for creativity and to bring joy to others through his pieces.
Quirk Road Triangle
Artist: John Parker | Glenside, PA
$18,000John’s art is inspired by nature, most recently, insects. The large scale of these otherwise small creatures comes from reality and fantasy of the prehistoric world. John enjoys the challenge of transforming heavy steel plate into something animated and weightless.
Belleville Gateway Sign
Title: XY Red
Artist: Ray Katz | Pontiac, MI
$20,000Ray’s sculptures allude to an evolutionary process commonly shared in the human experience – the flux of life and transformative concepts such as evolution, metamorphosis and transcendence. Ray has exhibited his work publicly and privately throughout the United States, France and Japan.
Title: Audubon Watcher
Artist: Jim Collins | Signal Mountain, TN
$6000Jim’s sculpture style has been characterized by the use of silhouettes of people and animals constructed of stainless steel, aluminum and other metals. Jim is a former Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His work can be found in many collections in the United States and Ireland.
Artist: Pamela Reithmeier | Monclova, OH
$6000Pamela began sculpting in 2002 with works displayed in galleries, juried shows, private collections and commissioned pieces throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and Florida. She is currently president of the Toledo Area Sculptures Guild and teaches an Art Welding class at Owens Community College.
4th Street Square
Title: The Psychiatrist Is In
Artist: Jennifer Meyer | Lansing, MI
$2300Jennifer works full time as a licensed clinical professional counselor in a private practice. She equates sculpting and counseling as being a very similar experience with the primary difference simply being the tools used to achieve intended goals. Jennifer’s work has been displayed throughout the Midwest in a variety of settings.
Title: Homage To Da Vinci
Artist: Mike Sohikian | Genoa, OH
$9500Mike has had a lifetime of love and appreciation for art. His paintings and sculptures are in over 400 art collections nationwide and he is best known for taking salvaged steel to new heights with impressive and innovative concepts.
Title: Homage To Matisse
Artist: Mike Sohikian | Genoa, OH
$8000As a retired ironworker, Mike has been a member of the Bridge and Structural Ironworkers Local 55 for 38 years. His art career began in 1995 and since then, has garnered acclaim and numerous prestigious awards for his works.
PERMANENT INSTALLATION: Horizon Park
Title: Hands Held
Artist:Gregory Mendez | Ft. Wayne, IN
The BELLEVILLE AREA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS has purchased a 2017 showcase sculpture for permanent display in Horizon Park. Previously located near the Belleville Gateway Sign, Hands Held High is made entirely from steel and created by sculptor Gregory Mendez of Fort Wayne, IN.
The sculptures are on loan from the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, and are presented in Belleville by generous community partners. Thank You to the 2016 & 2017 PUBLIC ART PARTNERS:
|Belleville DDA||Blue Ribbon Contracting|
|Van Buren DDA||Clearzoning/Giffels Webster|
|Belleville Area Council for the Arts||Hennessey Engineers, Inc|
|Belleville Tax and Accounting||Main Street Computers|
|Central Business Community/CBC||Plante Moran|
|Sumpter Collision||Spicer Group, Inc.|
|Barbara Miller||TerraFirma, Inc|
|Belleville Area Chamber of Commerce|