East Lansing construction site receives a pop of color

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A construction project at Albert Avenue and About Road in downtown East Lansing was brought to life by local K-12 students this past week. The art project displays numerous pictures and designs woven in fence paneling.

Children weave colors into fence panel
Students use colorful strips to turn fence panels into art for the construction site of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union building in downtown East Lansing.

The art was made possible by the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union and the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority, as well as local art teachers and students. Credit Union Chief of Marketing Officer Deidre Davis said the fence paneling really beautifies the construction site.

“The 38 installed panels feature colorful artistic weavings, bringing an unexpected vibrancy and pop of color to the construction project,” said Davis. “It’s amazing to see the end result of this collaborative project-there were many moving parts, but in the end, the resulting art is something our entire community can enjoy.”

The MSU credit union promotes the positive impact of art, not limited to schools but in all aspects of life. President/CEO April Clobes said the new building and its showcased art will bring the community closer.

Vibrant designs showcased at construction site.

“This building will bring office workers, student interns, and a new branch to serve members with knowledgable employees and integrated technology,” said Clobes. The credit union is committed to the community’s success, and to bringing vitality to this space.”

The building will be a seven story, 107-foot commercial building. It will include a branch of the credit union, a community gathering area, office spaces, lease tenants and support spaces.

With the splash of color showcased downtown, MSU students and community members could use a little pic-me-up in the cold February weeks. Lizzie Lieblang, 22, said her day was instantly brightened as she saw the art project through her apartment complex window.

Model of building set to be finished in spring 2023.

“After getting home from a long day, I looked out my window to see the art and smiled,” said Lieblang. “It’s great that these kids are getting the change to display their creative talents in a place where we can all see them.”

The fence paneling will remain up until construction is completed in spring of 2023.

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