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: Purple Whisper Bench
Artist: Jim Gallucci | Greensboro, NC
$8000Jim Gallucci has been a sculptor for over 30 years. He works full time designing and fabricating sculptures in his Greensboro studio. His commissions can be found throughout the country and the world. Recently Jim’s sculptures utilize the element of doors and gateways, symbolizing the paradox that a gate may be opened or closed, a way of passage or obstruction, a means of confinement or release. With each project, Jim brings a unique sense of self-expression while captivating the viewer.
Van Buren DDA / Harris Park
Note: new location, 10151 Belleville Rd
Title: Power Outage
Artist: D.W. Martin | Edinboro, PA
$9750D.W. Martin has two sculptures in this year’s exhibit. With Power Outage his initial interest and departure point came from observations of electrical pylons and telephone poles that carry high voltage power lines across the land. He says, “In these most recent works I have continued to investigate movement in the forms pushing the inanimate into animate, perhaps anthropomorphism. I proceed by developing a surface that emits a visual noise using line, color and the physical mark”
Artist: D.W. Martin | Edinboro, PA
$8700David W. Martin was born and raised in Oklahoma. After working as a commercial artist, Martin earned a BFA in printmaking from the University of Oklahoma. In 1987, he was accepted into the MFA Sculpture Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. David says, “It has been my desire to take a static structure that is common in our daily visual vocabulary and bring to it life, in hopes of changing our visual perception of an otherwise mundane object.” D.W. Martin’s surrealist sculptures offer a different, enchanting view of the world.
McDonald's and Taco Bell
Title: Sizzilin Sun
Artist: Richard Morgan | Wauseon Hills, OH
$3500During 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. As he began to teach himself to create metal art, Richard wanted to create unique pieces of both functional and non-functional art. Each piece is individually designed, cut, shaped, welded by hand and Richard truly enjoys the challenge. His artworks are constructed partially with repurposes materials and are a benefit to the environment.
Quirk Road Triangle
Artist: Robert Georgic | Belleville, MI
$5000Robert Georgic. Although he does not have formal art schooling or training, Robert is a semi-professional blacksmith. His main sculpture medium is forged metal, creating mostly organic shapes that focus on natural scenes and landscapes, flowers, small animals. His studio is at his home in the Belleville MI area. Georgic sells his art to private individuals, and he’s happy to have his larger-than-life flower sculpture on exhibit with the Belleville/Van Buren outdoor sculpture exhibit.
Belleville Gateway Sign
Title: Celestial Navigator
Artist: Ray Katz | Pontiac, Michigan
$15,000Ray Katz was born and raised in Detroit. After graduating Mumford High School, he served four years in the US Air Force, where he became interested in art. He received a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture and drawing from Wayne State University.
Title: Cat Tails
Artist: Pamela Reithmeier | Monclova, Ohio
$7000Pam Reithmeier has a Masters in Special Education, she retired after teaching for 34 years. Pamela began sculpting in 2002, showing her works in galleries, juried shows, private collections and commissioned pieces throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and Florida.
Title: American Eagle
Artist: James Havens | Woodville, OH
$8000James 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.
4th Street Square
Title: Tide Pool with Anemone
Artist: Judith Greavu | Bluffton, Ohio
$8000Judith Greavu has sculptures on exhibit throughout Ohio, in numerous communities in Florida and in Michigan including Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, and at Art Prize in Grand Rapids. She is a retired Associate Professor of Art Public from Ohio Northern University Dept. of Art. She also studied and worked comparing urban and rural culture in Zimbabwe and Malawi, Africa, was part of a faculty exchange with University of Nairobi, Kenya; and has done an independent study of the art of Ghana.
Title: Big Wheel Watcher
Artist: Jim Collins | Mountain, TN
$5000Jim Collin’s sculpture style has been characterized by the use of silhouettes of people and animals constructed of stainless steel, aluminum and other metals. Presently he works as a professional artist, concentrating on private and public art sculpture commissions.
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|