Artwork finds home at Dearborn Fire Department

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn


John Nashef (left), Battalion Chief Paul Spearman, Capt. Daniel Baker, Joey Thorington, Edward Garnham, Mark Moros and Deputy Chief Dean Creech hold a fire truck collage that was made by artist Roy Edward Potter and given to the fire department.

DEARBORN – Like most fire trucks, the city’s newest rig has some rubber hose and nuts and bolts, but it also a few marbles, some paper clips, and maybe some scrap tin, too.

It’s hard to say exactly what the new truck is made of because it is a collage of material gathered and arranged by artist Roy Edward Potter.

Potter was a Dearborn resident for more than 40 years and a Ford Rouge Plant employee. To make his art, Potter used screws, wire, rubber bands, marbles, pins and any number of scrap or ordinary items.

Because Potter is now deceased, the truck collage was donated to the Fire Department by his son-in-law, Ed Garnham, on Dec. 3.

“My father-in-law told me a long time ago that he wanted to give the truck to the Fire Department,” Garnham said. “So I finished some stuff up on the piece, cleaned it up and finally it has gotten to its intended recipient.”

Deputy Chief Dean Creech said he was grateful to receive such a unique piece of art and it will be hung in the lobby of the Fire Department headquarters.

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