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EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing is excited to announce that a new public art sculpture, entitled “LEMON GRASS,” will be unveiled at the East Lansing Farmers Market (ELFM) this Sunday, July 7 at noon in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.“LEMON GRASS” was created by local, Holt-based artist Dane Porter and it is the first public art piece to be commissioned by the City of East Lansing with Percent for Art* funds.The sculpture, which was inspired by nature, stands at approximately 12 feet in height and has been installed in the circular plaza that serves as an entryway to the park and the ELFM. Here is the artist’s statement about the piece:“Just as the beautiful tropical plant grows, the sculpture “LEMON GRASS” visually sprouts from the grounds of East Lansing, creating a modern, organic form. The piece was designed with twisted, organically shaped materials that reflect light and create the effect of tall, moving grass.” At the young age of 23, Porter’s custom, distinctive artwork can already be found at several locations throughout the region, including homes, outdoor settings and corporate offices. He is a graduate of Lansing Christian School and works out of his parents’ home in Holt and a large workshop in Dimondale. Learn more about the artist here: https://daneporterart.com/.Members of the media and public are invited to attend the unveiling of the “LEMON GRASS” sculpture this Sunday.*The City of East Lansing’s Percent for Art Program requires developers of new construction projects greater than $500,000 in value to use up to $25,000 to incorporate public art into their project. In lieu of incorporating public art into their project, developers may instead donate 1 percent of their budget to the City’s Public Art Fund, which is administered by the East Lansing Arts Commission. The “LEMON GRASS” sculpture was funded through the City’s Public Art Fund.
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