September 25, 2013: The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is
hosting a community event featuring a dog walk, poetry reading,
and lecture to celebrate the completion of the Gracehoper
conservation project and the reopening of the North Lawn on
Saturday, Oct. 12.
the monumental painted-steel sculpture by Tony Smith displayed
on the museum’s North Lawn, underwent extensive conservation
treatment this past summer to restore its surface after 30 years
of exposure to harsh weather and natural corrosion. The DIA
repainted the sculpture using a durable black paint that is
projected to last 15–20 years.
In addition to viewing the newly restored Gracehoper, the
celebration will feature a community dog walk led by Canine
to Five—a Midtown dog daycare and grooming facility—at 10
a.m., a poetry reading by students from the Inside Out Literary
Arts Project at 11 a.m., and a talk by John Steele, DIA
conservator of sculpture and decorative arts, about the
conservation of Gracehoper at 1 p.m.
The dog walk will begin near the DIA’s John R entrance, and
walkers are expected to have their dogs on a leash. Detroit Dog
Park, a group of local dog lovers working to bring dog parks to
the city, will also be present to spread the word about their
initiative. Their first park, which is set to open this year,
will be located at the Macomb Playlot, an old playground at 17th
and Rose Streets in Corktown, near the Michigan Central
Justin Rogers, a veteran of the award-winning Brave New Voices
slam team, and students Kennedie King and Samuel Taylor, from
the Inside Out Literary Arts Project, will perform poems
inspired by Gracehoper.
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