‘Stainless Steel Butterfly’ featured in monthly sculpture initiative

Photo by Teresa Lousias
James Havens’ “Stainless Steel Butterfly” will be on display at the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Maple 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.

“Stainless Steel Butterfly,” the large welded stainless steel with blue ink stain sculpture, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Maple in City Hall Park, exemplifies artist James Havens’ interest in nature and artistic philosophy which is to create sculptures that do not confuse or mystify the viewer.

“Less is more” is his motto.

It will remain on exhibit until late April 2014.

Havens’ early training began when he attended Lincoln Welding School in Cleveland. A retired ironworker, Havens brings his experience in the trade to the sculptural pieces he creates and to the classroom as an artistic welding instructor at Owens Community College in Toledo. He owns and operates Havens Studio and the Rose Bronze Foundry in Woodville, Ohio, and serves as curator for Sculpture in the Village for the town of Gibsonburg, Ohio.

Havens’ sculptures can be found in permanent collections in Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and as far away as India and Nicaragua. His has also been a participating artist in ArtPrize which takes place each fall in Grand Rapids and an ongoing participant with MSI.

“Stainless Steel Butterfly,” priced at $17,500, is available for purchase by contacting the DCF 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. A portion of the purchase price supports DCF programs and projects that benefit the Dearborn community.

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.