Hazel Park Touts Public Art with “Artober”
(Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 17, 2018)
Hazel Park, MI- Throughout the month of October, Hazel Parkers are celebrating public art with pieces installed throughout the city. Dubbed “Artober,” the project provides exposure for local artists and a reason for people to visit the community.
“The Hazel Park Arts Council’s Artober brings art to the community without having to go out of your way to experience it. It’s important, because art not only brings beauty to our friendly little city. It also sparks discussion,” said Mike McFall of the Hazel Park Arts Council.
Over 25 exhibits are showcased in Artober, which are listed on the map below.
Among them is a sculpture on Woodward Heights just West of 9 Mile called “Hope.” The creator Richard Gage installed the piece to honor artist Robert Indiana. It features the four-letter word, formed three-dimensionally out of metal. “The tribute to Robert Indiana is such a great icon from a not very well know Pop artist. This is a simple and powerful piece that is relatable to everyone. I thought everyone seeing this might reflect on their personal hope’s. From the worried concern of a medical condition to the desire to hold a winning lottery ticket,” Gage said.
Gage is also part of the Hazel Park Arts Council. “The importance of public art goes well beyond the vitality, pride of place and sense of community it adds to a City for their residents and visitors,” he said. “It confirms the individual investment that artists make in their career. Like a dentist that helps us take pride in our smile an artist helps us smile at life. Artober is not just a give back to our residents it’s a gift to the participating sculptors to have their work presented publicly.”
Among the artists are Erich Bolinger, Ginny Martin, John Sauve, Mark Beltchenko, Carl Oxley, and Arthur Whitson. Several more can be found through the city, including group exhibits and even works done by local students. Several pieces, including murals, are long term installations that will remain even after Artober comes to an end.
This is part of a city-wide focus on art that also includes the annual Hazel Park Art Fair.
To learn more about Artober and the Hazel Park Arts Council, visit their Facebook Page.