Sculpture honoring Native culture to be unveiled in Douglas

DOUGLAS — On Thursday, the metropolis of Douglas will unveil and devote a new piece of community artwork outside the house the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical past Middle.

Anishinaabe sculptor Jason Quigno’s “Seven Grandfathers,” an 8-foot tall tower carved from limestone established on leading of a black granite foundation, will be on exhibit for the initial time and attendees will have the chance to satisfy Quigno and master about the Anishinaabe teachings that impressed the sculpture.

The public artwork is the initial of a few planned sculpture installations this year, funded in component by the Saugatuck Douglas Fennville Arts Initiative. SDFAI provided the communities of Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville $4,000 in seed income to buy out of doors sculptures that have a “cultural target.”

Jason Quigno works on Seven Grandfathers at his Grand Rapids studio. The sculpture will be installed at the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center in Douglas on Thursday, July 28.

Maryjo Lemanski of SDFAI explained the team was encouraged by the great public response final calendar year to its reveals targeted on minority cultures, together with an Art of the People show curated by Quigno at the SDHC that showcased the artwork of the Indigenous American peoples that originally lived in the Saugatuck-Douglas region.

Latino sculptor Hector Vega, of Cleveland, has also been commissioned to produce a get the job done that celebrates Latino migrant communities for the city of Fennville. That perform will be put in at the Fennville District Library and will be the first big community sculpture in the metropolis, in accordance to the SDFAI.

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