When it comes to ‘Celebrating,’
Muskegon has done well

For immediate release Aug. 19, 2020

MUSKEGON, MI – In a successful crowdfunding campaign, Muskegon celebrated its love of public art, its Pere Marquette Park beach and Lake Michigan shoreline.

More than 100 donors raised more than $51,600 since mid-June to fund Celebrating Muskegon – a dramatic public sculpture for the middle of the new traffic circle at Beach Street and Lakeshore Drive.

Reaching beyond the $50,000 goal triggers the matching Michigan Economic Development Corp. Public Place, Community Spaces grant for the public art project of the City of Muskegon and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County’s MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative.

With the successful end of the fundraising campaign on the Patronicity crowdfunding platform, donors’ pledges will now automatically be fulfilled.

“As it has many, many times, Muskegon has shown its love for its community by supporting public art,” said Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson. “Celebrating Muskegon undoubtedly will become an iconic welcoming sculpture to Pere Marquette Park and its famed Lake Michigan beach. It will invite residents and visitors alike to experience our amazing public lakefront.”

The work by American studio glass artists John Littleton and Kate Vogel is already underway with Celebrating Muskegon expected to be installed and dedicated before the end of the year, according to project director Judy Hayner – retired executive director of the Muskegon Museum of Art who staffs the public art initiative.

Celebrating Muskegon is a dramatic combination of stainless steel rods, elevated steel bands enclosing thick hand-cut glass as a tribute to the strength of the community. In colors of blue and green, the sculpture represents Muskegon’s parks and forested dunes and the waters that make Muskegon special.

“The community again has shown its support for the arts by funding Celebrating Muskegon,” Hayner said. “It is the third of 10 major public art installations planned by the MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative. Thanks to all who have supported this monumentally-scaled sculpture that will welcome all to Muskegon’s incredible shoreline for generations to come.”

Celebrating Muskegon is being created in the artists’ North Carolina studio and will be transported to Muskegon for assembly in the middle of the traffic circle opened in June to provide more efficient access to Pere Marquette Park. The new sculpture joins Moxie, the mastodon at the Lakeshore Muskegon Center, and City Built on Timbers at Muskegon County’s Heritage Landing as part of the public art supported by a $250,000 Community Foundation donor grant providing seed money for the 10 public art installations.

A community gathering and sculpture dedication will welcome Celebrating Muskegon to Pere Marquette Park nearer the end of the year.

Contact for further information:
City Manager Frank Peterson:
frank.peterson@shorelinecity.com or 231-724-6724
Project Director Judy Hayner:
judyhayner@gmail.com or 231-638-0433