New Sculpture At Stop 26 Beach Celebrates Windsor-Detroit Ties

Thursday January 6th, 2022

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A new sculpture by Michigan artist John Sauve was recently installed at Stop 26 Beach in honour of the longstanding cultural, economic and geographic ties between Windsor and Detroit.

Donated to the City of Windsor by ARS Gallery of Benton Harbor, Michigan, the sculpture is titled “Faust” and was created using steel beams recovered from Detroit’s Ford Auditorium, the historic riverfront concert hall and former home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra that was demolished about a decade ago.

Standing 7.6 metres in height, the eye-catching sculpture is set on a cement base just east of Sandpoint Beach. A companion piece has been mounted in Detroit’s Roosevelt Park, located in front of the historic Michigan Central Station. Together, the two sculptures symbolize and celebrate the close relationship between the two motor cities.

The sculpture was installed at Stop 26 Beach in December and features some of Sauve’s signature silhouettes. It is distinctively orange, a colour that appears in many of the artist’s past works as a tribute to his mentor, the renowned abstract sculptor Mark di Suvero who frequently uses orange in his own creations. The sculpture is also decorated with Sauve’s trademark “Man in the City” figure, which first appeared on top of downtown Windsor rooftops in 2013 as part of a bi-national public art exhibition.

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