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New Sculpture in Mason Adds to Collection of Permanent Public Art Funded by LEAP Public Art Grants

Monday, March 26, 2018  
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LEAP was joined by City of Mason Mayor Russell Whipple, Dart Bank President and CEO Peter Kubacki, and regional placemaking advocates, to unveil the 23rd public art sculpture funded by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership’s (LEAP) Public Art for Communities Grants. 
 
“We consider it a huge accomplishment to see LEAP’s placemaking grants continue into a 6th year, and mature to offer new opportunities for businesses and municipalities to contribute to this very important part of our overall talent and business attraction and retention strategy,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “Thanks to the many partners that have helped shape and continue this successful program.”
 
Seniplarips, is a contemporary sculpture that aims to visualize key words identified by project partners Dart Bank and the City of Mason, including community, strength, integrity, generations, stability, involved, progressive, and authentic. Artist Ivan Iler described his process for creating the piece, “I began by exploring my interpretations of the key words and how they could be combined into a single piece. I believe the built piece represents the key traits of the community and will be a lasting landmark to honor this image.”
 
Iler also designed the massive interactive Portrait of Dreamer sculpture found in downtown Lansing on Michigan Avenue.
 
Dart Bank and the City of Mason partnered to apply for grant funds in 2017 and were one of three 2017 Public Art for Communities grant recipients, along with the cities of Grand Ledge and East Lansing. The City of Mason also received Public Art for Communities funding from LEAP in 2012 to place Silver Respite on South Jefferson St. in Mason. Three more communities will receive funding in 2018, which will bring the total number of pieces funded through the program up to 26.

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