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New ‘Vibrant River’ Sculpture Goes Up On Ford Center – Johnny and Julie’s Take

Side by side comparison of the artist rendering vs. the actual sculpture on the Ford Center. (Rendering courtesy of Roger Stoller/photo by Johnny Kincaid)

The new $200,000 metal sculpture by artist Roger Stoller has been mounted to the side of the Ford Center.

Johnny and Julie took a little time to study this piece of art looking for the hidden images that are said be found in it. The longer they stared, the more they were baffled by the sculpture.

They both observed that the finished piece bore little resemblance to the original artist rendering.

“What’s it made of?” they asked. Then they started guessing that shredded RC Cola cans could be the main metal used. Julie was convinced that the hubcaps from her classic Catalina were used in the piece.

“Scrappers Dream” was the title that they came up with, after imagining scrap metal collectors making off with the sculpture in the middle of the night.

And then came the big question, “Why spend $200,000 with an artist from California?” Couldn’t the money be used to support a local artist? Surely we could have found a local artist that could do a sculpture that tells our city’s story without it depicting a buffet, the Fall Festival, or a stoplight.

Julie has decided on this as a new craft. She’ll probably be giving everyone the gift of shredded can art for Christmas next year.

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