Boyne City Main Street seeks donations for ‘Last River Draw’ bronze logger statue

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The Boyne City Main Street Program hopes you will support its fund-raising campaign for a bronze statue of a logger on the Boyne River.

The “Last River Draw” statue will celebrate Boyne City’s lumber industry heritage with a life-size sculpture of a logger on the edge of the Boyne River pulling a log with a pike pole.

“This will be a wonderful representation and reminder of our lumbering heritage and an engaging way to bring art to our public spaces,” said Lori Meeder, Main Street Executive Director. “This project ties in with our Walkabout Sculpture Show installed in June 2015, showcasing eight sculptures of various media throughout our downtown. Six of these are temporary pieces on loan from Michigan artists and two are permanent. This will make our third permanent piece.”

The idea for the sculpture came from Anthony Williams who asked Martha Sulfridge, a local sculptor, if she would be willing to create and build it.

“The Last River Draw” project is being spearheaded by the Main Street’s Design Committee.

The committee is currently building awareness and financial support for the sculpture project.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has encouraged Main Street to apply for a matching grant through its “Public Spaces, Community Places” crowd-funding initiative.

If approved, it would utilize the online fundraising platform known as Patronicity. More information at www.patronicity.com.

This social media mechanism of fundraising allows community members to make individual contributions of any size through an online campaign.

The total project cost is $50,000. If the community raises $25,000, the MEDC will match it.

“We have already received support from a number of local residents and from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation,” said Williams, a sub-committee member whose grandfathers were both lumberjacks in the Boyne Valley. “We are very grateful to all who have supported this and see the value of such a timeless piece of art that will be enjoyed for years to come.”

He added, “We welcome and appreciate all donations toward this effort.”

For every dollar someone donates to the project, the MEDC will match that with a dollar.

“It’s a great opportunity to leverage our local support,” Williams said.

To donate or learn more about the statue project, e-mail Meeder at mainstreet@boynecity.com or call 582-9009.