Boyne City’s campaign to raise funds for $50,000 bronze statue begins

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Boyne City Main Street today announced a new crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

The campaign will support the project to create a life size bronze sculpture of a logger near the mouth of the Boyne River drawing in logs, depicting the early lumbering era.

 

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $25,000 by April 7, 2016 the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit: www.Patronicity.com/LastRiverDraw

“The installment of this public art sculpture works not only enhances Boyne City, but also utilizes local talent,” said MEDC Community Development Director Katharine Czarnecki. “We are excited to partner in this project and help build pride and educate locals and tourists on Boyne City’s rich lumbering heritage.”

“Public art projects make an impact when they are part of a larger approach to enlivening a community or downtown space,” said Kevin Elsenheimer, executive director at MSHDA. “This creative nod to Boyne City’s lumbering era combined with a self-guided historic walking tour brings the city’s heritage to life.”

‘The Last River Draw’, where local sculptor, Martha Sulfridge, will create a life size bronze sculpture of a logger near the mouth of the Boyne River drawing in logs, is a wonderful representation and reminder of our lumbering heritage, as well as an engaging way to bring art to our public spaces.

This project ties in with our new Walkabout Sculpture Show installed in June 2015, showcasing 8 sculptures of various mediums throughout our downtown.

These are temporary pieces on loan from Michigan artists.

This will make our first permanent piece.

“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 8 sculptures of various media throughout our downtown – temporary pieces on loan from Michigan artists.  This will make our first permanent piece.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, MSHDA, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity where local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, non-profits and other business entities can apply at https://patronicity.com/puremichigan.

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

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