‘The Worker’ debuts to honor Lansing’s blue collar legacy
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
‘The Worker’ debuts to honor
Lansing’s blue collar legacy
LANSING, Mich. – A structural tribute to the blue collar history of Lansing took its place today in the heart of the Stadium District.
“The Worker” represents the passion of the men and women who built Michigan’s capital city.
With the rebirth of Lansing and the Stadium District, The Worker stands tall to invoke a sense of community pride throughout the district. The public art piece celebrates the rich history of the region.
The Worker stands over 22 feet tall and is made of scrap metal pieces. A steel truck rim serves as The Worker’s hat, while a sizeable linked chain comprises the tool belt. The Worker weighs in over 2,000 pounds.
“We wanted to create a placemaking piece of art that brings together the Lansing community and represents our hardworking past,” said Pat Gillespie, founder and president of Gillespie Group, who grew up on Lansing’s eastside.
Gillespie envisioned The Worker as an emblem of strength, grit, passion and pride. “The Worker celebrates those men and women who built our city,” he said.