‘Off the Diet 4’ featured in monthly sculpture initiative

Photo by Teresa Lousias
Kenneth M. Thompson’s “Off the Diet 4” is at the northwest end of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

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.

“Off the Diet 4” from the Thin Series is the April sculpture of the month. Created by Blissfield sculptor Kenneth M. Thompson, the whimsical abstract piece is made from black granite and steel and weighs 300 pounds. It can be seen at the northwest end of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

Thompson produces his work at Flatlanders Sculpture Supply & Art Gallery which he owns and operates in Blissfield. A sculptor for more than 30 years, his focus over the past 15 years has been on the production of large public sculptures.

In addition to his work as a sculptor, Thompson initiated the Midwest Sculpture Initiative which provides other sculptors with opportunities to display and market their work. On an annual basis, MSI places sculptures in more than a dozen communities.

For more information about Thompson and his sculpture, go to his website, www.kenthompsonsculpture.com. MSI information is available at www.msisculpture.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.