‘Daddy Long Legs’ featured in monthly sculpture initiative

Photo by Teresa Lousias
John W. Parker’s “Daddy Long Legs” will be on display at the southeast corner of Michigan and Military in Dearborn through late 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.

“Daddy Long Legs” by sculptor John W. Parker is Dearborn’s Art in Public Places featured sculpture for October.

Like many of Parker’s sculptures, “Daddy Long Legs” was inspired by his deep interest in and fascination with nature. The bright yellow steel piece situated at the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Military re-enforces Parker’s contention that outdoor sculptures “have to function in a comprehensive way as a drive-by experience, as strong and dynamic silhouettes.”

They should intrigue, cause conversation and further exploration, he said. The 14-foot-high sculpture weighs about 3,000 pounds.

Parker resides in Glenside, Pa. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an Master of Fine Arts degree. from the Rinehart School of Sculpture in Baltimore. His professional experience includes teaching at Interlochen Center for the Arts, serving as artist-in-residence at the Greater Reston Arts Center (Reston, Va.) and currently as president of the Painted Garden.

Among his public and corporate installations are included: the Grand Rapids Arts Museum, the Borough of State College (Pa.) and the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park (Skokie, Ill.).

“Daddy Long Legs,” priced at $20,000, will remain on exhibit until late April 2014. The DCF is a 501(c)(3) organization and gifts toward purchase of a sculpture for permanent public installation are tax deductible.

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.