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Saline Sculpture Walk Unveiled

Despite record heat, the City took a leap on the “cool” index as the final five sculptures in the new Saline Sculpture Walk were installed downtown last week.

Comprised of 11 works created by four artists, the Sculpture Walk will officially open following a dedication event scheduled for Friday, August 10, 5:30 p.m. on the Summerfest main stage.. The main stage will be located downtown Saline in the Farmer’s Market parking lot behind Brecon Grille and Mangiamo Italian Grill restaurants on Michigan Avenue.

“Walk and Talk Art” – an artist-guided tour of the sculptures – will depart from the Farmer’s Market the following morning, August 11, at 11 a.m.
“It’s a 24/7, open-air art show” said Rick DeTroyer, the Chelsea-based artist who created six of the featured sculptures. “People can come whenever they want.” They can do the whole walk, or view the pieces one or two at a time, he said. “Or maybe they play a game of finding them and check them off of a list: Found this one. Found this one . . .”

The entire walk entails a hike of roughly a mile in and around the City. Five of the sculptures are located in downtown Saline, two at City Hall (one inside), two at the Saline District Library, and two are situated along the Depot Trail that runs between the Saline Depot Museum, 402 N. Ann Arbor St., and North Maple Road. A Sculpture Walk brochure that details the sculptures and maps their locations will be available at City Hall and downtown businesses.
In addition to DeTroyer, David Austin, of Petoskey, Elizabeth Rogers, who grew up in Saline and now lives in Chattanooga, and Jane De Decker, of XXXXXXX are represented in the Sculpture Walk. Two of the pieces, those by De Decker, are owned by the Saline District Library, four pieces – the two of Austin’s, one by Rogers and one done by DeTroyer, are owned by the City. The other five sculptures, all created by DeTroyer, are on loan to the City for approximately 18 months, at which time new sculptures will be installed in their place.

The loaned art is for sale and pricing and artist information can be found in the Saline Sculpture Walk brochure.

The City’s Arts and Culture Committee organized the Saline Sculpture Walk, and the group is already beginning a search for sculptures to replace the current loaned pieces at the end of their stay in Saline. Interested artists should contact Mary Partridge at mpartridge@cityofsaline.org.

Seats of our Heritage

The "Seats of our Hertiage" was created with seats from farm equipment to honor our agricultural heritage. Integrated into the arch are symbols from the City of Saline's seal: wheat, representing the farmer; the transit, a tool used by Risdon in his work; the automotive wheel representing a major source of employment for Saline's citizens; a wagon wheel, denoting Saline's early days as a hub in Detroit-Chicago shipping; a tree, representing the harmonious growth of agriculture and industry. Encircling the elements is a rope to symbolize the band of strength and character that the city draws from its citizens.

Artist Rick DeTroyer. You can learn more about the artist - www.ricksironart.com

This public art was made possible through generous donations by: The City of Saline, Saline Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs. The seats and other objects donated by the citizens of the Saline Area.