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Posted: Monday, 12 May 2014 2:10PM

St. Joseph To Unveil Public Art Display On Friday



This year's public art in St. Joseph will be the city's two iconic lighthouses. The artwork will be unveiled Friday night at 5:30 pm, and the city's communications and marketing director Susan Solon tells WSJM that for the first time ever, not all of the artwork will be placed downtown.

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Lighthouses were picked for the public art display this year to compliment the efforts by the Lighthouse Forever Fund to raise $2 million to pay for the restoration of the North Pier structures. Plans are to have the pier closed through all of 2015 to do the work, and have them open to the public in 2016. Artists were given molds of the two North Pier lighthouses for this year's art, with the stipulation that they couldn't be done as the structures currently look. Along with the sculptures that will be installed by the city's Department of Public Works, Solon says you may have seen a large lighthouse sculpture in Lake Bluff Park.

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That sculpture has inscriptions of lighthouses from all over Michigan, including St. Joseph and Holland. There are comments etched into it from local officials such as former St. Joseph Mayor Bob Judd regarding the importance of the structures to the entire state.

   

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