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.
Van Buren Township Hall
Title: Cosmic Love
Artist: William Walther | Norton Shores MIFeatured in over 30 public exhibits throughout the Midwest, William Walther's whimsical metal pieces are often inspired by emotion and include intentional, repetitive shapes. William holds degrees from Western Michigan University, Michigan State and Muskegon Community College
Van Buren DDA / Harris Park
Note: new location, 10151 Belleville Rd
Title: Little Pink House
Artist: Todd Kime | Ottawa Hills, OHFrom architecture to art, Todd Kime’s passion for the creative process drives his work. By using a wide spectrum of materials in various genres of art, a sense of whimsy is always prevalent in his sculptures. Todd creates art to share his passion for creativity and to bring joy to others.
Title: Barrel Chest
Artist: Jonathan | Bowling Greenville, NCOver the last decade, Jonathan Bowling has been working on a series of steel horses, focusing on negative space to create a better narrative and add depth to his work. Jonathan fabricates his pieces using turn of the century materials as a nod to our agricultural past.
McDonald's and Taco Bell
Title: Free Style
Artist: Richard Alan Morgan | Wauseon, OHDuring his 35 year career Richard Morgan worked in the welding field. More recently he discovered a passion for metal art, bringing a whole new meaning and passion for working with metal. Each piece is individually designed, cut, shaped, welded by hand. His artworks are constructed partially with repurposed materials and are a benefit to the environment.
Quirk Road Triangle
Artist: James Havens | Woodville, OHJames Havens has been a member of the International Association of Bridge Structural & Ornamental Ironworkers Local 55 since 1968. Many of James’ pieces have been entered in exhibits around the Midwest and on display in permanent collections across the United States and India.
Belleville Gateway Sign
Title: Wings 02
Artist: Kirk Seese | Lutherville, MDKirk Seese is a lifetime visual artist – first working in art education and as a scenic artist on major Hollywood film and tv sets before founding BB Murals. Specializing in large scale murals and public sculpture, Kirk’s award-winning artworks are featured in public exhibits in 15 states.
Title: Three Dolphins
Artist: Mike Sohikian | Genoa, OHMike Sohikian has had a lifetime of love and appreciation for art. Mike’s 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
Title: Above the Waves
Artist: Michael Angelo Magnotta | East Lansing, MIMichael Angelo Magnotta’s background includes the study of photography, architecture, design and fabrication. Michael creates his art from industrial remnants and metal cast-oﬀs, finding inspiration in things he enjoys – jazz, space, nature and mankind. His work is exhibited in public and private collections throughout the Midwest.
4th Street Place
Title: Mother Nature
Artist: Mike Sohikian | Genoa, OHA retired ironworker, Mike Sohikian has been a member of the International Association of Bridge Structural & Ornamental Ironworkers Local 55 for 5years. Mike began his art career in 1995, receiving numerous awards and prestigious accolades for his work.
Title: Beau’s Merry Go Round
Artist: James Havens | Woodville, OHJames 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. 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.
PERMANENT INSTALLATION: Horizon Park
Title: Hands Held
Artist:Gregory Mendez | Ft. Wayne, IN
The BELLEVILLE AREA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS purchased the sculpture in 2018 for permanent display in Horizon Park. Hands Held High is made entirely from steel and created by sculptor Gregory Mendez of Fort Wayne, IN.
The sculptures are on loan from the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, and are presented in Belleville by generous community partners. Thank You to the PUBLIC ART PARTNERS:
|Van Buren DDA|
|Belleville Area Council for the Arts|
|Belleville Tax and Accounting|
|Central Business Community/CBC|
|Main Street Computers|