Sculpture honoring Native culture to be unveiled in Douglas


"Seven Grandfathers," by Jason Quigno, will be dedicated at an event Thursday, July 28 outside the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center.

DOUGLAS — On Thursday, the town of Douglas will unveil and dedicate a new piece of general public artwork outside the Saugatuck-Douglas History Heart.

Anishinaabe sculptor Jason Quigno’s “Seven Grandfathers,” an 8-foot tall tower carved from limestone set on top rated of a black granite base, will be on screen for the very first time and attendees will have the chance to meet Quigno and study about the Anishinaabe teachings that influenced the sculpture.

The community artwork is the 1st of 3 prepared sculpture installations this year, funded in portion by the Saugatuck Douglas Fennville Arts Initiative. SDFAI available the communities of Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville $4,000 in seed dollars to obtain out of doors sculptures that have a “cultural emphasis.”

Jason Quigno works on Seven Grandfathers at his Grand Rapids studio. The sculpture will be installed at the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center in Douglas on Thursday, July 28.

Maryjo Lemanski of SDFAI explained the team was influenced by the excellent community reaction past calendar year to its displays centered on minority cultures, such as an Artwork of the People today show curated by Quigno at the SDHC that featured the artwork of the Indigenous American peoples that initially lived in the Saugatuck-Douglas area.

Latino sculptor Hector Vega, of Cleveland, has also been commissioned to build a perform that celebrates Latino migrant communities for the town of Fennville. That work will be installed at the Fennville District Library and will be the to start with important general public sculpture in the town, in accordance to the SDFAI.


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