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Ferndale Gets New Public Art Sculptures

The 11-piece installation is part of the Ferndale DDA's ARTWN initiative. What do you think of the new sculptures?

You've probably noticed at least a few of the new sculptures that have been popping up around town over the past week or so.

The pieces - among them a bright red ram and a sculptural rendition of a flamenco dancer - are part of an 11-piece public art installation included in the 's .

"ARTWN - The Exhibit" is sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel and the Ferndale DDA, with additional support from individual sculpture sponsors.

New sculptures have been installed almost daily over the past several days, with the final piece being unveiled on June 28 at an official launch party for the two-year installation.

"ARTWN - The Event, Small Plates and Big Art," will be held from 6-10 p.m. June 28 at the . Billed as "Black Tie and Sneakers," attendees will sign in at 6 p.m., receive a wristband and walk over to any one or all of six satellite host locations to see nearby sculptures and dine on small plate offerings. When guests return, they'll enjoy food, a silent auction, music and more at the Rust Belt.

“This is a major undertaking by the DDA as we work to bring to town more of what the public has asked for – art," said Cristina Sheppard-Decius, DDA executive director. “The Event is also going to be a blast and The Exhibit has already started many conversations. People are lingering longer, talking more and making the time to experience downtown Ferndale.”

Tickets for the event cost $50 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 248-546-1632 or visit www.downtownferndale.com.

Laura Berger June 10, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I'm with Howard T on this one.
Judy Kish June 11, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Ditto Howard T. :) What I found funny, was when I called FPD dispatch on duty Sat.evening to ask about the Red Ram, he asked me if it was obstructing traffic....lol said he didn't have a clue what I was talking about. lol It's still making me laugh!!
Kristen hemond June 14, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I can appreciate art just as much as the next but the red ram is very random, very red, and looks like a giant Pez dispenser. Sorry but its kind of a step backwards away from what the city has been working so hard to achieve for so long.
Carey Gustafson June 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM
My 2 year old laughs so loud EVERY time she sees that Red Ram, and that's good enough for me. I LOVE that no one knows why or what the heck it's doing there. I'm glad the Ram is close to my house and not that cactus with a mime face. EEEEK
doug cowan July 06, 2012 at 03:09 PM
looks like clever marketers and a gullible dda. find the bike sculpture especially silly looks like garbage picked and stuck together land fill.

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