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New 12-foot, stainless steel sculpture coming to Belleville

Sculptor's work will be newest addition to city of Belleville

Sculpture in the City artist in residence Tyler Stinson works with Governor French Academy students to teach about sculpture. A piece by Stinson will be added to the city's collection in Belleville. It will be unveiled at Art on the Square.
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Sculpture in the City artist in residence Tyler Stinson works with Governor French Academy students to teach about sculpture. A piece by Stinson will be added to the city's collection in Belleville. It will be unveiled at Art on the Square.

As a boy, Tyler Stinson welded dragonflies with stones glued to the wings and sold them at kids' booths at art shows . But the kids' booth is far behind him as he shows work around the country and is now Belleville's artist in residence for the Sculpture in the City program as well as an exhibitor at this year's Art on the Square.

The sculpture program started in 2007 in conjunction with Belleville's Art on the Square and has placed more than 50 pieces of public sculptures throughout the city around places such as the police station, city hall and throughout downtown.

Stinson, a Pennsylvania native, will have a 12-foot, stainless steel sculpture unveiled during this year's Art on the Square, which will be held May 18-20 in downtown Belleville. That piece will be added permanently to the Sculpture in the City collection.

Sculptures that can be viewed by anyone as they drive, bike or walk through a place have a special appeal to Stinson.

"I really do think that we are constantly in communication with our environment. I want to have a positive influence (on people's public environment)," Stinson said.

A $10,000 donation from the Belleville law firm Mathis, Marifian & Richter helps fund the Sculpture in the City program.

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Governor French Academy students Brandon Ross, 8, (from left), Marcus Rodgers, 7, and Elda Thacker, 10, work with sculptor Tyler Stinson Wednesday at the school in Belleville. Stinson has been selected as the artist in residence for the Sculpture in the City program and was visiting the school to give an art lesson and work on foam sculptures. The sculpture program is a part of Belleville's annual Art on the Square show where Stinson will exhibit as well as help unveil a 12-foot tall steel sculpture. The sculpture will be permanently installed in a public space as one of over 50 Sculpture in the City pieces in Belleville. Steve Nagy snagy@bnd.com

"From the time that Art on the Square started, we've been a supporter; we've been a sponsor. We've bought art pieces from the show every year," said firm attorney Patrick Mathis.

The firm has local art throughout its office which overlooks the square in Belleville and even has a gallery space inside for visitors to see and possibly purchase pieces from local artists.

"(Stinson's) work is really exciting and exceptional and the fact that we are going to have a piece of it for our collection is thrilling," said Sculpture in the City chairperson Dede Farquhar.

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