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Don't miss these beautiful artworks on display along Ford Road!

 

Public Art Display

 

Each year Canton hosts a public art display along Ford Road. Artists submit their sculptures for consideration and approximately 10 are chosen for installation. The exhibit changes in May each year. .

Keep an eye out for them as you travel to your shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations!

2016 Public Art: Ford Road Exhibition:






Sizzilan Sun
Richard Morgan
Wauseon, OH
Green Block:
Target
$4,500
Metal
6’ x 7’ x 24’


According to Morgan, he’s just recently discovered a passion for metal art.

“During my 35 year career I have worked in the welding field working with metals lately has brought a whole new meaning and my passion for working with metal.”

Each one of his pieces is individually designed, cut, shaped, welded by hand and is a challenge I truly enjoy. Every piece is truly an original, and no two pieces are alike.





Power Surge
DW Martin
Edinboro, PA
Orange Block:
Home Depot
$22,500
Fabricated Steel and
Powder Coating
25’ x 100’ x 60’

Mr. Martin’s initial interest and departure point comes from observations of electrical pylons that carry high voltage power lines across the land.

“There are two main elements that have captivated my creative urges and have led to the sculptures that I produce. First are the figurative qualities the pylons possess. I observe how different structures reveal a more specific gender than another and obvious recognition of appendages. Second is the ‘line’ and how it moves over vast areas of landscape carrying electricity from point A to point B and how it affects our daily lives. Also how we as people take for granite the visual existence of these dominating structure and the function it provides bringing electricity into our homes.”





Blast #2
Ray Katz
Pontiac, MI
Green Block:
Target
$25,000
Painted Steel
12’ x 4’ x 4’

Katz is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts. He continued his education at Wayne State University where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and drawing. Currently he is a Professor of Art at the Auburn Hills, Michigan, campus of Oakland Community College where he teaches sculpture, drawing and design.

In the past fifteen years Katz has exhibited in Japan, France, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and throughout southern and western Michigan. His work is represented in private, corporate and institutional collections.

“I have worked in many mediums but metal remains my passion.  Metal is best suited for my work because of its strength, malleability and inherent beauty.  I combine geometric and organic elements to create compositions that convey the implied energy found in my work. I use the abstract manipulation of form and shape in space to create visual balance, using rhythm, action and movement. The implied energy of my compositional; structures has become a hallmark of my work and is a metaphor for an evolutionary process that I associate with human experience. Through the creative process a hierarchy of elements become symbols for ideas that are a tribute to the evolutionary experience we all share in common on the human plane and in the transcendent experiences inherent in life’s journey.”




Bounce
Todd Kime
Ottawa Hills, OH
Red Block:
Griffin Funeral Home
$8,000
Painted Steel
12’ x 12’ x 12’

Todd Kime has been featured in Ford Road's Annual Public Art Exhibition prior to 2016.

Currently enrolled in the artistic welding curriculum at Owens Community College, Kime shares, "From architecture to art, a passion for the creative process drives my work. Using a wide spectrum of materials in various genres of art, I create art for other's enjoyment. A sense of whimsy is always prevalent in my work. Art allows me to share my passion."



A Kid’s Favorite
Craig Snyder
Plymouth, MN
Blue Block:
Willow Creek Sidewalk
$8,400
Painted Steel
7’ x 4’ x 2’

According to Snyder, sculpture is his thing.

“I appreciate all forms of art but working in three dimensions appeals to me in so many ways. I have gravitated to public art. It’s really the ultimate showcase for my work ‐‐ it’s out there for all the world to see and love or not. My specific focus is on welded steel, copper, brass and aluminum. I often combine that with stone, wood and now also ceramic materials. Depending on the preference of the piece, I will go with natural patinas but also seriously love color. I’ve always been fascinated with the East and have chosen to experiment with techniques and concepts originating there, such as wabi‐sabi. For me, wabi‐sabi is the acceptance of beauty infused by the imperfection as a reflection of our lives and loves.”



Ancient Nobility
Douglas M. Gruizenga
Interlochen, MI
Purple Block:
Christian Book Store
$5,000
Welded Aluminum
6’ x 6’ x 6’

Gruizenga has been a high school art instructor, industrial clay modeler, architectural draftsman, industrial welder, master carpenter at Interlochen Center for the Arts Theatre Department and a sculptor.

He says of his work, "Every viewer brings with them, individual experience and understanding. It is my hope that my sculpture will be pleasing to the eye, without limiting the observer's creative ability to interpret the subject matter involved.

It is an honor to have even one person take the time to view an object that I have created. It is amazing to think that an indelible image of that event is recorded forever in their mind."




Domino
Ray Katz
Pontiac, MI
Green Block:
Firestone
$20,000
Painted Steel
12’ x 5’ x 4’

Katz is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts. He continued his education at Wayne State University where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and drawing. Currently he is a Professor of Art at the Auburn Hills, Michigan, campus of Oakland Community College where he teaches sculpture, drawing and design.

In the past fifteen years Katz has exhibited in Japan, France, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and throughout southern and western Michigan. His work is represented in private, corporate and institutional collections.

“I have worked in many mediums but metal remains my passion.  Metal is best suited for my work because of its strength, malleability and inherent beauty.  I combine geometric and organic elements to create compositions that convey the implied energy found in my work. I use the abstract manipulation of form and shape in space to create visual balance, using rhythm, action and movement. The implied energy of my compositional; structures has become a hallmark of my work and is a metaphor for an evolutionary process that I associate with human experience. Through the creative process a hierarchy of elements become symbols for ideas that are a tribute to the evolutionary experience we all share in common on the human plane and in the transcendent experiences inherent in life’s journey.”



Ashes V
Sam Soet
Farwell, MI
Blue Block:
Willow Creek
Sidewalk
$4,000
Wood
4’2” x 5’

As a Michigan native, Soet is most at home outdoors and in the woods.  It’s where he draws his inspiration – the lines, shapes, and movements therein influence the forms of his sculptures.

“I primarily work in subtractive wood sculpture using chainsaws, gouges, rasps, grinders, sandpaper and other wood-working tools.  Beginning with a concept for the form, I select a section of log that will work best with my blueprint sketch.  As it begin to take shape I work in collaboration with the wood and allow the wood grain and figure to guide me.  Each work is unique and serves as a memorial to the tree and as a tribute to the forest that shelters life and helps to sustain us.”




Stranger in a
Strange Land

Charles Pilkey
Mint Hill, NC
Green Block:
Canton 7 GDX
$3,000
Bronze and Steel
7’

“Charles Pilkey is a former geologist turned artist. He lived in Japan for 14 years where he taught stone carving at Kyushu Sangyo University. His sculptures can be seen in China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Turkey and the U.S.

“My work is a reaction to how technology, for better or for worse, continues to transform our world. Stranger in a Strange Land portrays a grim future where nature has been completely replaced by technology. The other two works, Cherokee and Cataloochee, present a more hopeful view of technology. Implicit in the esthetic harmony of stone (a natural material) and steel (a product of industry) is the notion that ecological harmony between nature and industry may one day be possible.”



Madam Butterfly
Mike Sohikian
Williamsburg, VA
Green Block:
Canton 7 GDX
$12,000
Steel, Concrete,
Aluminum and Wood
12’ x 7’ x 7’

Sohikian, a retired ironworker has been a member of the Bridge and Structural Ironworkers Local 55 for 37 years. He has had a lifetime of love and appreciation for art, but didn’t begin his art career until 1995. Since then he has garnered acclaim and numerous prestigious awards and recognition for his paintings and sculptures. Sohikian is best known for taking salvaged steel to new heights with impressive and innovative concepts. He assembles industrial materials as well as reworks the materials into fascinating forms. Within the past thirteen years his paintings and sculpture work has been published in news articles and numerous art publications, most noteworthy is inclusion of his work in four of Schiffer Publishing Collectors Editions, most recently The Sculpture Reference (Illustrated) by Arthur Williams, 2005. His paintings and sculptures are in over 400 art collections nationwide.
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