Fifth Public Art piece now in place

ESCANABA – The latest Bonifas Arts Center Public Art piece was recently installed in the inner court yard of Bay College. This is the fifth piece of public art that the Art Center has been able to place. It can be viewed from the Besse Center or outside in the court yard.

This “Hummingbird Wing” is one of a sculptural series being carved by artists Tom Rudd. “This series explores the aesthetics of the bird wing,” said Rudd. “Allowing examination of the form and structure, and how this affects the proposed purpose of the particular bird.” This is a five-foot wing, carved from hard gray limestone. The base balance point is fitted with a stainless steel shave that allows it to swivel.

“We’re thinking that this will continue the tradition of outdoor art at the College,” said Larry Leffel. “We’d like to develop a sculpture garden.” Bay has already placed a piece by Ryan Brayak at the front door of the Besse Center and a piece by Larry Godfrey in the same court yard as the Hummingbird Wing.

The Arts Center is already planning for next year’s Public Art Project.

“We’ve got several locations in mind and will begin contacting them shortly,” said Mollie Larsen, director of the Arts Center. “But we are always open to new suggestions and anyone with an idea can contact us.”