- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A 22-foot tall metal sculpture now towers over downtown Lansing as a tribute to local blue-collar workers and the area’s industrial history.

“The Worker” depicts a silhouette carrying a tool box and donning a utility belt made from a bulldozer chain and a hat made with a truck’s brake hub. It was erected Tuesday near the corner of Cedar and Shiawassee streets in the Stadium District.

“It represents what this city was built on,” said creator Rick Luke, owner of Luke Landscape Company in Haslett. “It represents hard work.”

Luke designed the 2,000-pound sculpture, which was assembled two years ago by Bannash Welding of Lansing, for a client who never claimed it. Local developer Pat Gillespie of Gillespie Group purchased the sculpture after seeing it in Luke’s shop.

“It looked strong, sturdy and unique,” Gillespie said. “It spoke to you.”

The sculpture is meant to honor the blue-collar men and woman in Lansing, and it also is a reminder of the industrial history of the area, which once was home to factories, foundries and mills.

“We’re celebrating its past and looking into the future,” Gillespie said.

Gillespie has been developing the Stadium District area for the past few years, the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1hI25hJ ) reported. He plans to erect more sculptures on his other properties in the district.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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