“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” or so the saying goes, and public art is sure to create conversation, add interest and enhance the existing landscape.

The Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI), Dearborn’s first Art in Public Places project, was initiated and funded by the Dearborn Community Fund in April 2009 when eight sculptures were placed around the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center (The Center). The resulting public interest in the project and interaction over the course of a year provided the encouragement to host a new exhibit each year.

For the fourth year, the Fund was joined by the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (EDDDA) and the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (WDDDA) in a collaboration that helped to expand the initiative and increase the number of sculptures from 8 to 12 with placement in Dearborn’s east, west and center areas.

Residents and visitors to Dearborn are encouraged to take a sculpture “tour.”

East Downtown Dearborn sculpture titles and locations are:

“Sun Dancer” (City Hall Park); “Pod Savers” (Georgetown Commons); “Anna Dancing (flamenco cactus)” on the lawn in front of Oakwood Midwest Medical Center.

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Participating sculptors come from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Maryland. Sculpture subjects range from whimsical to serene, provocative to straight forward. All will be on display through May 2015, and available for purchase by contacting the Dearborn Community Fund office at 313-943-5478.

For additional information on Dearborn’s Art in Public Places project, the Dearborn Community Fund or to request a project brochure (available in May), contact the Fund office at 313.943-5478.

Also see Midwest Sculpture Initiative’s website at www.msisculpture.com. You can also find them on Facebook