Words and Humanity
The venture consists of ten life-size, bronze statues of children and counselors interacting in front of beautiful Kellogg Hall at the Sherman Lake YMCA. The statues encircle a 12′ “stele” (a pillar, usually engraved, inscribed, or painted, and set upright).
The interactive stele is the centerpiece adorned with raised words of character from top to bottom. The life-size bronze figures will be playing and learning in a field of wild flowers capturing a lasting message exemplifying the importance of building strong spirits, minds and bodies in our children along with good stewardship for our precious natural environment. This large task is the cap stone project for Kirk Newman and his career.
Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center dedicated this project 9/23/2013
Collaborating on this installation was Joshua Diedrich who is a sculptor, artist, instructor at the Kalamazoo Institute for Arts among other things.
Visit Joshua’s website to learn more about the Sherman Lake installation as well as some other examples of Joshua’s wonderful work.