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Art by the River in Lansing

(Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)

People strolling along Lansing’s downtown river walk this summer will see some interesting sights.

Ten new sculptures were installed this past week along the river walk as part of the city’s Art by the River project.

It’s the brainchild of Katherine Babcock, the executive director of the Lansing Art Gallery.

“My idea came about because I want people to recognize that this is one of Lansing’s greatest assets,”  says Babcock,  “ And in order to get them down…I wanted to have a draw…that would bring them in…and art was my way of doing that.”

Babcock says sculptures can sometimes be best appreciated in an outdoor environment.

She hopes the exhibition along the river will prompt conversations about art.

The sculptures will remain on display on Lansing’s downtown river walk until the end of August.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.