The Art at the Arena project was completed in the summer of 2010 with the installation of RE-surgence. The sculpture is now on view permanently above the escalators at the Jefferson-Huron Entrance of the Huntington Center. This beautiful fifty foot long sculptural line, representing the Maumee River, is made from repurposed blue, green and violet post-consumer plastic items. The sculpture undulates off of the wall and is back lit with thousands of tiny LED lights creating a dynamic feeling of movement and energy. Sayaka Ganz, Greg Mueller & Steve Williams, the artists who designed and created this sculpture, were committed to making it a true community project. They partnered with Imagination Station and built the sculpture in public view at the science center. Visitors were invited to work hands on with the artists and help construct this large scale public art work with their guidance. The community also got involved by donating plastic objects in special collection receptacles throughout the city. The donated items were used as material to build the RE-surgence sculpture.
With the completion of RE-surgence, The Arts Commission has introduced three new works of public art to the City of Toledo in association with the construction of the Huntington Center. These public artworks contribute tremendously to Toledo’s cultural identity and make the city a more vibrant and enjoyable place to live and work. Seeded with money from the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, RE-surgence was completely funded by sources outside of the 1% for Art Program. The project illustrates The Arts Commission’s commitment to partnering with a variety of community members, organizations and government entities to bring public art to the City of Toledo.
Find out more about this project and the artist who are creating it at http://gmwpublicart.wordpress.com/
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