Iron Whimsy Inspires New Campus Art Fund

LSSU Iron Whimsy
Grace Riemer & Ancient
Grace Riemer with “Ancient”

A hand forged iron sculpture now on display hanging from the ceiling of Lake Superior State University’s library has inspired a new campus art fund.

Grace Riemer, a senior fine arts studies major from Mackinaw City, Mich., poses with her mobile, Ancient, inspired by prehistoric ginkgo leaves, shells, and other primordial shapes. The 12- by ten-foot piece took nearly four months for Riemer to hand forge from steel.

Thanks to a fund jumpstarted by LSSU president Tom and Teresa Pleger, and members of the President’s Cabinet, Ancient will be on permanent display in the main lobby of the Kenneth J. Shouldice Library. The new President’s Public Art Challenge Fund will be used to acquire works of art for campus.

“Lake Superior State University is a beautiful campus and we believe it can be enhanced even further by adding more art to our public spaces,” said President Pleger. “The arts help us celebrate the human condition and convey a sense of place and culture. We want LSSU to be a community destination in the Soo and in the Eastern UP.”

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