Friday, July 30, 2010

Professors, Students Bring Public Art to Life

Robert Barnum is on a mission: He’s going to prove that public art is neither expensive nor a burden to maintain. Enter the Lantern Project, a public art initiative that’s resulted in four sculptures being placed throughout Big Rapids – the fourth of which was dedicated today (July 30) in downtown Big Rapids’ Pocket Park.

But Barnum is not alone in his venture. Associate professor of Welding Engineering Technology (WET) Dave Murray and scores of Fine Arts and WET students have collaborated to bring these sculptures from drawings to reality through hard work and dedication in and out of the classroom.

Neither Barnum nor Murray can total the number of hours students spend bringing these projects to life, but both estimate it may be thousands of hours from inception to completion.

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