By Luke Robins
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter
ST. JOHNS – A new sculpture, created by a local citizen, has been added to the St. Johns City Park. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership and the PNC Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to the city to pay for the piece. The sculpture was created by Ivan Iler who lives and runs his business, Hammer In Hand Custom Cycles, in St.
By Isaac Constans
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter
There is no such thing as total solitude in downtown Lansing. Even when the lights are out, the businesses closed, and the streets empty, the stoic faces of gargoyles and other curious creatures perched on buildings keep constant watch over the city. “You know, my favorite (building) is the old Michigan National Tower, the Boji (Tower) now,” Rafeeq McGiveron, who has worked in downtown Lansing for 19 years, said. “I mean you look at the reliefs on it, man, I love those. There’s like a cat, or a jaguar or something, with a dead rabbit in its mouth.”
According to Carolyn Loeb, a Michigan State art and architecture historian, the range of styles reflects the primary periods of growth for a downtown area.
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015, and its accomplishments are easily recognized. However, it took Clinton County a little longer to show the recognition that the art community was looking for. Both Ingham County and Eaton County have granted the council a tribute, but Clinton County did not get the memo. Council Executive Director Deborah Mikula presented her plea at the Clinton County Board of Commissioners meeting on Feb. 24.
LANSING — In “Canvas Detroit,” a new book from Wayne State University Press, Nichole Christian and Julie Pincus profile the Motor City’s brightest and most diverse up-and-coming street artists. From murals on boulevards to grass sculptures, their work can actively improve the urban environment and shine a light on previously ignored and abandoned cityscapes, the authors say. Detroit is a city that needs “problem solving,” Christian says, and art won’t solve it all. But the city is fostering a wickedly creative atmosphere that is ripe for revitalization. In a recent interview, Christian explained the importance of street art and how it can revitalize a city.
Meridian has a lot of history in the township. From the first settlers to Chief Okemos, a lot of signs that represent the township. The Meridian Township Art Committee called out via the Art Council of Greater Lansing to find someone to represent the township in a single art piece. Local artist Timothy Higgins reached out to the committee regarding the task at hand. “I first heard about the opportunity by responding,” said Higgins who is from Elsie, Michigan.