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A New Public Art Display In Ann Arbor Along Stadium Boulevard

May 29, 2018

Artist Brian Brush
Credit Lisa Barry

From utility boxes to manhole covers, Ann Arbor is known for having a great deal of public art in some unusual places.

Now there’s a new work of art on the recently reconstructed Stadium Boulevard, and 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you there to meet the artist as he finished the project in a public space in Ann Arbor…


Artist Brian Brush won a nationwide contest to create a work of art on a wall along Stadium Boulevard across the street from the University of Michigan football stadium.  He calls the project “Leaven.”  It’s comprised of two thousand lightweight metal abstract leaves designed to flow across the wall and inspire those who see it to “rise, and to come up”

“Leaven” the new public art display along Stadium Boulevard in Ann Arbor.
Credit Lisa Barry

The artist spent several weeks recently, drilling thousands of holes into 2 concrete walls on Stadium Boulevard with a combined length of about 700 feet.  He says it’s been a creative, yet noisy experience.

Credit Lisa Barry

Brush recently wrapped up the installation and says he tried to create an artistic dialogue of old and new.  Brush said he is very aware of Ann Arbor’s artistic reputation and enjoys that the new art installation is across the street from the iconic Michigan football stadium.

Artist Brian Brush installs his public art project across the street from the Big House in Ann Arbor.
Credit Lisa Barry

He says the public art project was installed to reflect the early morning light to give it a bit of a sparkle as people drive by, but added "not too much sparkle to distract drivers or slow down traffic."

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu