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Arts Council installs new sculpture

ALPENA, Mich.– Drivers on U.S. 23 probably noticed a new sculpture in Michekewis Park.

The Thunder Bay Arts Council says the “Alpena Letters” represents the community, with each of the letters representing the indivuals who comprise Alpena. Workers started laying the foundation last week and finished installing the sculpture Thursday night.

The “Alpena Letters” is the latest, and possibly largest, installation added to the Alpena Biā€“path since 2017.

The art council’s Tim Kuehnlein says the sculpture differs from prior installations.

“This particular sculpture is probably the most unique of all them because of its scale and color, also because it’s spread out. The idea, again, is to start developing the park, which is intended for this space, over the course of time.”

An antique Alpena postcard inspired the sculpture.

The Besser Company fabricated and engineered the letters, which weigh 3,200 pounds.