Artful atmosphere created on campus
This semester, students walking to class may have passed by patches of construction and wondered what exactly was being done.
On Oct. 3, those questions were answered when LCC unveiled several new sculptures to the public.
LCC students, staff and faculty, along with Lansing officials, gathered in the A&S Learning Commons, in view of a 30-foot tall sculpture of swirling red steel ribbon named, “Education and Community.”
During the ceremony, LCC President Brent Knight praised the hard work of all who were involved in designing, fabricating and engineering the artwork.
“Everyone who touched these sculptures made an extraordinary effort,” Knight said. “I’ll never forget it. It was always heartwarming. They all put their hearts and souls into this work. The pride of Lansing is part of every sculpture.”
The sculpture project was funded through the Build Forward Initiative, designed to beautify campus and help LCC renovate key buildings and learning areas. Build Forward also included funds to renovate the A&S and Gannon buildings.
LCC used a fraction of the money from the initiative to focus on public art. Fifteen sculptures were chosen out of many submissions from LCC students, faculty and alumni.
According to Devon Bradley, LCC’s interim public relations director, “Geometry,” an abstract piece located near the Administration Building, was the most expensive at $36,000.
“Education and Community” takes second place at $34,000. Third is “Elementary,” three 25-foot pencils near the Early Learning Children’s Community, at $24,000.
The sculptures are for public enjoyment but also are intended to be used for photography class projects and other educational art endeavors, according to“(The photographs) are an asset because they tell the story of the state in many ways and the many communities that make up the state,” he said. “That’s what all this photography is and that’s part of the reason we selected Michigan photographs.”
Over the summer, Siwik and Chris Schneiter, LCC photography instructor and co-project coordinator, were asked by LCC President Brent Knight to choose and display photographs that would help complete the atmosphere of the Gannon Building.
The project is part of a campus-wide art initiative, and was paid for through a portion of the money used for Gannon renovations.
“I immediately jumped to work, Googling ‘Michigan Nature Photographers,’” Schneiter wrote in his curatorial statement. “What I found was astonishing and humbling. Not only were there a lot of photographers, but also the quality of the work was incredible.”
Schneiter said each photo was carefully chosen out of thousands of submissions and provides unique aspects of photography techniques.
The photos were installed in each area according to color schemes and space usage.
According to Schneiter, of the 26 artists whose works were chosen, three of them – Howard Smith, Misty Minna and Schneiter himself – are current LCC instructors.
He said many of the other artists are past students, alumni or have some other connection to the college.
According to Siwik, the final stage of the project is to install scan-able QR codes strategically near photos. The QR codes will take users to a page containing information about the photographer.
LCC student Alfred Labrecque said the photos improve the Gannon Building visually.
“I think it’s a pretty good surprise to see really good art as you walk through the hallways,” Labrecque said. “The nature ones are my favorite.”
Labrecque said the art might be able to keep students’ minds and eyes open as they walk to class.
For more information about the photos, email Chris Schneiter at email@example.com. For information about the procurement process, email David Siwik at firstname.lastname@example.org.