- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) - The sculptures that have dotted the Thomas Edison Parkway and downtown of Port Huron for the past year have been slowly disappearing.

But those spaces won’t be empty for long, according to the Times Herald of Port Huron (https://bwne.ws/1cKUUCi ).

The Port Huron Art Initiative has been gearing up for a new set of outdoor sculptures slated to be installed Thursday.

While nine new sculptures will be installed, three will remain.

“The general response this past year was incredibly positive,” said David Korff, Port Huron Art Initiative member and retired St. Clair County Community College art professor. “The sculptures tie in to the revitalization of things going on downtown. Port Huron is becoming an interesting place to be.”

The sculpture entitled “Passage” and “Chess Master” will both remain for another year.

The fun, yellow sculpture titled “Bounce” that sits along the Thomas Edison Parkway will become a permanent art piece in Port Huron. A group of local women split the cost of the sculpture in order to purchase it and donated it to the city.

On Friday, Todd Kime, who created the sculpture, was installing a more durable version of the art along the parkway.

“We were excited to get the call to find out this piece was purchased,” Kime said. “But we wanted to make sure it was sturdier since it is now a permanent piece. The previous piece broke because I think someone used it as a jungle gym. This one is made out of a heavier gauge of tubing.”

Kime said as he was installing the piece a passerby asked him where the other sculptures disappeared to.

“Someone came up and asked if I knew where the statue of the three women (A Homage to Matisse) went to,” Kime said. “The guy said every day after he was done fishing he would say goodbye to the women. He was a fisherman, not someone at first glance who you would think appreciates art, but art spans to everyone.”

The nine new sculptures are fun, like “Bounce,” and beach-town specific.

“We are continuing with this idea that sculpture should be accessible to people of all ages,” Korff said. “We have a number that are very playful that will appeal to the children in all of us. There is one piece that is actually strung up, so our hope is that there will be enough wind along the waterfront to actually play it because it is intended to have a sense of sound with it.”

In addition, one sculpture references fish, while another references a woman walking through water.

The $15,000 outdoor sculpture exhibit is being paid for through private donations. All of the sculptures will remain in Port Huron for a year under a rental contract.

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Information from: Times Herald, https://www.thetimesherald.com

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