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  • Sculpture Demonstration presented by Ivan Iller

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    Name: Sculpture Demonstration presented by Ivan Iller
    Date: February 22, 2020
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
    Event Description:
    Concluding last year’s Festival of the Arts, FOTA presented its 2019 public art work, “Black Bear,” by Ivan Iler. In June, Ivan returned to Big Rapids to install the sculpture in its permanent home on the Muskegon River island behind the Big Rapids Middle School, where it watches over the Riverwalk pedestrian bridge.

    FOTA is pleased to invite Ivan back again for this year’s festival, this time for a live demonstration of his sculpture work at Ferris State University’s Heavy Equipment Building.

    “As a Michigan based artist who specializes in metal fabrication, I am particularly interested in outdoor public art,” says Ivan. “The idea that people will see and interact with my work long after I’m gone inspires me more than anything else.

    “I have many irons in the fire in terms of the mediums I use, sometimes even literally iron in the fire. Sculpting, carving, engraving, metal fabrication (including blacksmithing), painting, leather smithing, drafting and mechanical design to name a few, as well as my daily work as a motorcycle engineer and fabricator at my small shop in St Johns Michigan, Hammer In Hand Custom Cycles.” 
    Location:
    Heavy Equipment Building Auditorium 220 Sports Dr., FSU 
    Big Rapids, MI 49307
    Date/Time Information:
    Saturday, February 22 at 1:00pm 
    Contact Information:
    231-796-2420
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