Sherman Lake YMCA
“Words and Humanity”
- A cap stone project for Kirk Newman and his career to be placed prominently at the Sherman Lake YMCA
- The spirit of SLYOC mission becomes an enduring visual reminder: “We are in a battle for the hearts and minds of our children.” Kirk Newman
- It is an extention of Kalamazoo County exhibits of Newman’s work.
- This artwork will serve as an interactive teaching tool imprinting 10,000 children each year. We have over 20,000 guests visit us each year.
- The national significance of the YMCA recent branding of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility will be forever recognized as the focal point here at the SLYOC.
Scope, Site, and Timeframe
- Sculpture of 10 bronze figures
- 2 adults interacting with 2 kids, 3 kids running, 1 child kicking a soccer ball and 2 children touching the words on the stele.
- The sculpture will be placed in front of Kellogg Hall upon a knoll amidst wild flowers and prairie grass
- Planned installation is Fall 2013
- Major donors will have an option of one of Kirk’s maquette models
- $225,000 for 10 life size bronze figures, stele, and site work
Art comes to Greenleaf Trust Building
Jay M. Grossman
ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER
Jul 31, 2013|
Everyone always seems to be in a rush in Kirk Newman's sculptures.
That's the point. His work, he'll explain, is meant to convey the "fleeting, constantly changing nature of the human image in the digital age."
One of his sculptures was unveiled Thursday in front of the Greenleaf Trust Building at Maple and Peabody. The work is titled LOL, referring to abbreviated text jargon that can mean "lots of love" or "lots of luck," or even "lots of laughs." Newman said the double meaning is meant to suggest a mixed message regarding our fast-paced lives.
It's one more sculpture adding to the rich canvas of art located around Birmingham. Thanks to the efforts of the local art community, Birmingham has the works of world-famous artists on temporary or permanent loan throughout the community.
Barbara Heller, a founding member of the city's Public Arts Board, said there are 17 sculptures on display in Birmingham, with two more on the way. A virtual tour of all the sculptures located around the city can be found at http://bit.ly/ljNnao. Just click on the name of a sculpture or on the map to learn more about each piece of artwork.
Heller said a piece of public art has the ability to transform an ordinary street setting.
"It gives you insight, it provides a landscape, it connects," she said.
Thursday also marked the first anniversary of the Greenleaf Trust Building. Located at Woodward and Maple, the five-story building has a classic look to it that anchors the corner perfectly.
"As Greenleaf Trust celebrates the one-year anniversary of our Birmingham presence and new building, we are deeply grateful to the community for its warm and enthusiastic welcome, said Sarah Johansson, vice president of marketing for Greenleaf. "The dedication of Kirk Newman's sculpture was the perfect way to commemorate this milestone."