From utility boxes to manhole covers, Ann Arbor is known for having a great deal of public art in some unusual places.
Now there’s a new work of art on the recently reconstructed Stadium Boulevard, and 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you there to meet the artist as he finished the project in a public space in Ann Arbor…
Artist Brian Brush won a nationwide contest to create a work of art on a wall along Stadium Boulevard across the street from the University of Michigan football stadium. He calls the project “Leaven.” It’s comprised of two thousand lightweight metal abstract leaves designed to flow across the wall and inspire those who see it to “rise, and to come up”
The artist spent several weeks recently, drilling thousands of holes into 2 concrete walls on Stadium Boulevard with a combined length of about 700 feet. He says it’s been a creative, yet noisy experience.
Brush recently wrapped up the installation and says he tried to create an artistic dialogue of old and new. Brush said he is very aware of Ann Arbor’s artistic reputation and enjoys that the new art installation is across the street from the iconic Michigan football stadium.
He says the public art project was installed to reflect the early morning light to give it a bit of a sparkle as people drive by, but added "not too much sparkle to distract drivers or slow down traffic."
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