LANISNG, Mich. — Bruce Mackley, LCC’s marketing director has won an arts competition that is the culmination of a nearly three-year collaboration between Downtown Lansing Inc and the Greater Lansing Arts Council.
The winning design was officially unveiled at its home on the Grand Avenue parking structure on the corner of Grand Avenue and Ottawa Street. This public art piece was made possible by funding from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and PNC Foundation. Mackley’s piece, titled Let Me In has been turned into 31 vinyl panels that will be installed onto the glass of the parking structure by hand.
When asked to describe his feelings about seeing his work come to life on such a grand scale Mackley replied, “I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do this, especially given the amount of subjectivity that any art is at the mercy of. It’s difficult getting my head around the notion that this piece is part of our city now.” He went on to say that the title, Let Me In could apply to being more open to anything - an idea, culture, belief, whatever. In this age of information people seem more divided and closed-off than ever.”
Divided yet unified, Let Me In expresses a collective self-awareness whose strength is defined by cultural convergence, and whose imagination, idea or belief is realized through passion and curiosity.
“The entire LCC family is extremely proud of Bruce and this amazing addition to the City of Lansing. We are so fortunate to have Bruce on our team, and now the rest of the community can have an opportunity to experience his creativity,” said LCC’s Executive Vice President Dr. Lisa Webb Sharpe.
The full installation should be completed by the end of the week.
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