‘Tandem’ featured in monthly sculpture initiative

Tandem sculpture initiative

Photo by Teresa Lousias

Dana Depew’s “Tandem” is in Pocket Park, on Michigan Avenue just east of Mason Street in downtown west Dearborn.

DEARBORN – Twelve sculptures have been placed throughout Dearborn as part of the community’s 2012-13 Art in Public Places Midwest Sculpture Initiative.

Funding for the project is provided by the Dearborn Community Fund and the East and West Dearborn downtown development authorities. A different sculpture and sculptor is highlighted each month.

“Tandem” by Ohio sculptor Dana Depew can be seen in Pocket Park, on Michigan Avenue just east of Mason Street.

Depew is another in a growing number of artists to use recycled materials – everything from fiberglass water containment tanks to recycled light fixtures.

“Tandem,” consisting of two distinct pieces, is an example of Depew’s fascination with light and the use of recycled fixtures that are installed with energy efficient, but colorful, fluorescent bulbs. In addition to the scale, texture and color of the sculptures, the lights provide an added sensory experience for the viewer.

Born in Cleveland, Depew received a bachelor’s degree in Sculpture from Kent State University.  He remains active in the Cleveland art scene as an artist, juror, arts blogger and promoter.

From 2001 through 2010, he operated Asterisk Gallery in Cleveland, a space that highlighted the work of regional contemporary artists. In 2010, a Depew sculpture was included in the “2010 Biennial Sculpture Invitational” at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph.

For a look at more of Depew’s work, go to his website, www.danadepew.com, or view a short video about “Tandem” online at www.cdtv.pegcentral.com.

Maps and “I Spy Dearborn’s Art in Public Places” cards, which include photos and locations for the 12 MSI sculptures and two Pockets of Perception pieces, are available upon request or on the Dearborn Community Fund web page at www.dearborncommunityfund.org.

For more information about the 2012-13 Midwest Sculpture Initiative, including sculpture purchase information, contact the Dearborn Community Fund office at 313-943-5478 or go to www.cdtv.pegcentral.com for an “Art in Public Places” video segment produced by CDTV.

The DCF is a 501(c)3 organization and gifts toward purchase of a sculpture for permanent public installation are tax deductible.