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Outdoor Sculptures in Belleville

The Belleville and Van Buren DDAs are pleased to bring outdoor sculptures to our community, showcasing our commitment to invention and cooperation. This year's exhibit enhances our streetscape and parks, engages residents and visitors and highlights local businesses. With the artists and Midwest Sculpture Initiative we are celebrating this special place where we live, work and play.

Use this interactive map to locate each statue.

Do you like what you see? These sculptures are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds stays in the local community. Contact Midwest Sculpture Initiative at 517-486-4591.


Take a stroll through downtown and enjoy the sculptures for yourself!

  • Richmond

    Belle Tire

    Title: Richmond

    Artist: Jonathan Bowling | Greenville NC


    Jonathan Bowling has been working on a series of steel horses for the past ten years, focusing on interior and negative space, contours and surface. The materials he uses are often from the turn of the last century, which are appropriate for depicting an animal so intertwined with our agrarian past. Repurposed steel provides a sound structure for this large-scale work that lends itself to public spaces.
  • Questions

    McDonald's and Taco Bell

    Title: Questions

    Artist: Robert Garcia | Toledo OH


    Robert earned a Bachelor's degree at University of Toledo and an MFA at The Ohio State University. Creating art in various media has been a growth process for Robert, helping him to understand, simplify and strengthen his artistic expression.
  • Ornathropterus

    Quirk Road Triangle

    Title: Ornathropterus

    Artist: John Parker | Glenside PA


    John Parker’s forms are from insects, life-segmented, hard shelled bodies, robotic and armor coated, yet able to instantly take flight. The challenge is making something animated and weightless with iron. Outdoor sculptures function as a drive-by experience --strong and dynamic silhouettes, and with further exploration a deeper appreciation and enjoyment can be explored walking around, under and through the pieces
  • Hands Held High

    Belleville Gateway Sign

    Title: Hands Held High

    Artist: Gregory Mendez | Ft. Wayne IN


    Gregory Mendez is a nationally recognized artist of metal sculpting. When Greg was a boxer, he and his family would spend time between matches visiting local museums and parks. He became fascinated by the outdoor sculptures and the beauty they add to our surroundings. He graduated from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana with a BFA. For the past few years he has enjoyed working with his brother Alex Mendez.
  • Four Winds

    Horizon Park

    Title: Four Winds

    Artist: Mike Sohikian | Genoa OH


    As a retired ironworker, Mike has been a member of the Bridge and Structural Ironworkers Local 55 for 37 years. He began his art career in 1995, and since then, has garnered acclaim and numerous prestigious awards for his works.
  • In God We Trust

    Chase Bank

    Title: In God We Trust

    Artist: James Havens | Woodville OH


    James Havens is a retired ironworker. He wishes to be considered a good journeyman ironworker who demonstrates a high degree of craftsmanship. Havens is Owner/ Operator of The Havens Studio and Rose Foundry and Instructor of welding arts at Owens Community College.
  • Dancing Cactus

    4th Street Square

    Title: Dancing Cactus

    Artist: Mike Sohikian | Genoa OH


    Mike has had a lifetime love and appreciation for art. He assembles and re-works industrial materials into fascinating forms. His paintings and sculptures are in over 400 art collections nationwide, and he is best known for taking salvaged steel to new heights with impressive and innovative concepts.
  • Flight

    Five Points

    Title: Flight

    Artist: James Havens | Woodville OH


    James Havens intends that his sculptures contain enough information that the viewer is not confused or mystified by the artists intent. Havens uses stainless steel to create his sculptures and has developed a specific fluid style to his work that appears to push the limits of the material.
  • Calamari II

    Davenport Center

    Title: Calamari II

    Artist: Dave Vande Vusse | Manistee MI


    Dave has been making mobiles and stabiles since the 1960s, when he was inspired by a Calder mobile in the Des Moines Art Museum. His amazing works appear all over the world, in Michigan, Oregon, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Tokyo.


The sculptures are on loan from the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, and are presented in Belleville by generous community partners. Thank You to the 2016 & 2017 PUBLIC ART PARTNERS:

Belleville DDA Blue Ribbon Contracting
Van Buren DDA Clearzoning/Giffels Webster
Belleville Area Council for the Arts Hennessey Engineers, Inc
Belleville Tax and Accounting Main Street Computers
Central Business Community/CBC Plante Moran
Sumpter Collision Spicer Group, Inc.
Barbara Miller TerraFirma, Inc
Belleville Area Chamber of Commerce