Erin Blasko | October 16, 2019
Six sculptures by University of Notre Dame professor Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C., have been installed in roundabouts in South Bend as part of a pilot aimed at adding color and vibrancy to the city and sparking conversation around public art.
The new and existing works, rising from massive concrete bases at the centers of the roundabouts, can be viewed along Michigan Street at Bartlett and Marion streets on the north side and at Chippewa Avenue on the south side.
Installed by the city of South Bend with support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, the sculptures — “Fern Temple VI” (Bartlett), the four-part series “Wedding Cakes” (Marion) and “Temple Carousel” (Chippewa) — will remain on display for a minimum of one year to test the scale of public art in the roundabouts.
“Fern Temple VI” was specially fabricated for the pilot with assistance from Michael McLoughlin, president of K&M Machine-Fabricating of Cassopolis, Michigan, which specializes in large machined parts and fabrications, including sculpture.
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