‘Old Orchard’ featured in sculpture initiative

Photo by Teresa Lousias
“Old Orchard” by Ohio sculptor Todd Kime is on display on the grounds of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., through April 2014.

DEARBORN – Twelve sculptures have been placed throughout Dearborn as part of the community’s 2013-14 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.

“Old Orchard” by sculptor Todd Kime is the September sculpture of the month. The piece, on the grounds of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., is represented by six individual “trees” placed in such a way to encourage the viewer to walk through as one would an actual orchard. The rusted finish, referred to by local sculptors as “Michigan patina,” adds to the feeling of the orchard’s longevity.

Kime earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ohio State University, and in his artist statement he said, “From architecture to art, a passion for the creative process drives my work.”

He goes on to say that he creates art “for others’ enjoyment.”

Kime has had other sculptures selected for past Dearborn exhibitions. In the 2012-13 MSI exhibit, “Bounce,” a whimsical and colorful yellow zigzag with a bright red ball was at the south entrance to the Ford Center. “The Choir,” a piece that displayed a good humored playfulness, became a favorite in the 2011-12 exhibit.

His work can be found in numerous locations throughout Ohio and currently in Michigan in Jackson, Frankenmuth and Tecumseh. Since 2009, Kime has served as curator for Sculpture in the Park at Ottawa Hills, Ohio, where he resides.

“Old Orchard,” priced at $17,000, will remain on exhibit until April 2014.

Maps and “I Spy Dearborn’s Art in Public Places” cards, which include photos and locations for the 12 2013-14 MSI sculptures are available upon request or on the Dearborn Community Fund website, www.dearborncommunityfund.org.

For more information about the 2013-14 Midwest Sculpture Initiative, including sculpture purchase information, contact the Dearborn Community Fund office at 313-943-5478.

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