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Canoe Imagine Art?


Canoe Imagine Art is a public art project that celebrates the history and attributes of the Huron River and the City of Ann Arbor park system using repurposed canoes as inspiration. Four works of art were selected through a juried and public vote process for installations in City of Ann Arbor parks along the Huron River during the summer of 2015. Each selected artist was awarded a $5,000 honoraria plus recycled canoes for their installation. Support for Canoe Imagine Art came from the City of Ann Arbor’s Public Art Commission and Parks and Recreation Department and the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs.

Canoe Imagine Art includes four temporary installations along the Huron River in Ann Arbor. The photos below feature these installations:

  • Broadway Park: Turbine by Missouri State Western University artists J. Neil Lawley, Heather Andrews, Jake Proffit, Dustin Lafromboise and Hausman Metal Works.
  • Gallup Park: Canoe Fan by Victoria Fuller
  • Bandemer Park: Tulip by Ray Katz
  • Island Park: Canoe-vue by Jeff Zischke

Additional project collaborates included: Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department, Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Huron River Watershed Council, Stantec, Saladino Construction, Community Music School of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor District Library and Wolverine Rental.

Canoe Fan Cropped 2

Canoe Fan

Gallup Park

Victoria Fuller
Chicago, IL

Canoe Tulip For Site


Broadway Park

J. Neil Lawley, Heather Andrews, Jake Proffit, Dustin Lafromboise and Hausman Metal Works
Missouri State Western University



Bandemer Park

Ray Katz
Pontiac, MI

Vertical Canoe Vue edited


Island Park

by Jeff Zischke
Scottsdale, AZ


Canoe View

Ray Katz
Pontiac, MI

Broadway Park

Creative Washtenaw