New sculpture park opening in Detroit's Midtown area

AP News
Posted: Jul 10, 2015 9:48 AM

DETROIT (AP) — A new sculpture park in Detroit's Midtown area is the work of an artist who turned a collection of overgrown vacant lots into a neatly-kept, oversized outdoor gallery.

Robert Sestok's project called "City Sculpture" includes steel artworks made from reclaimed and deconstructed materials, some weighing thousands of pounds. An official opening event takes place Friday, though the gates have been opened earlier to visitors.

"I'm the farmer," Sestok told The Detroit News. "This is my field, and my crops are growing."

The sculpture park is located on several former vacant lots that Sestok bought. The park grew out of the 68-year-old's desire to leave a permanent mark in the city as well as to find a home for several pieces of sculpture that Sestok had behind his house.

"I've wanted for a long time to do something that would be lasting," he says. "Then my neighbor who used to cut the grass here died, so I started. I got the idea that this would be a good location for an art park, and who needed one more than me."

The lots were overgrown with weeds and trees when he started. The park will be home to about 30 works of art.

"It's kind of like seeing work in a gallery, but there's no walls," Sestok told WXYZ-TV.

The project was supported by Midtown Detroit Inc. as well as other donations collected online. Some of Sestok's work earlier was on display in other parts of the city, including outside of Blue Cross Blue Shield's downtown headquarters and next to the Hilberry Theatre.

"City Sculpture is phenomenal," says Michelle Perron, director of the Center Galleries at the College for Creative Studies, told the newspaper. "It's fantastic and long overdue — both to have all of Bob's art in one place, as well as creating this new gathering space."