- Location: Kleis Park, Point Place, Toledo OH (1998)
- Client: Arts Commission of Greater Toledo in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources
- Size: 5 figures ranging from 10 – 77′
- Material: Brass inlaid into concrete with exposed aggregate patterning
- Budget: $255,000 for artwork and park
- Fabrication: Scott Tiede, Kelly Kaczynski
- Photo Credits: Karen Bowers
Rivers & a Park
Point Place is on an isthmus between two rivers, the Maumee and the Ottawa. It is an area known for fishing. The five inlaid brass forms– the Mayfly, Polychaete, Sludge Worm, Larva and Clams– represent the foundation of the thriving animal life that draws the fish population. Without these seemingly insignificant creatures the area’s tourist fishing industry could not exist. The forms create whimsical line work and choreograph movement along the pathways, which connect the community park to the library at Point Place. The design of the park was done in collaboration with the Department of Parks.
Life in the Mud
The surface of the concrete has been treated to expose the stone aggregate, creating flowing organic shapes. This patterning gives the impression of water and the illusion of movement to the forms. The scale of these often overlooked forms gives them a commanding presence.