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  • Daily Telegram Staff Writer 
    Posted Apr. 25, 2013 @ 4:00 pm 

    “Park Bench 2” by Will Schlough will be placed in the northwest parking lot behind Basil Boys in Tecumseh.
  • TECUMSEH  --  Just in time for the 2013 Art Walk in downtown Tecumseh, the new pieces for the Art Trail have been put in place.

    Paula Holtz, Tecumseh economic development director, said 14 pieces have been installed, with one more coming in the next few weeks. This is the sixth year of the display.

    “The response has been phenomenal. I can’t say enough about the displays,” Holtz said. “People can’t wait to see the brochure so they can come and look at the sculptures.”

    Ken Thompson from Flatlanders Sculpture Supply & Art Galleries in Blissfield and his crew installed 12 pieces Tuesday. All are within walking distance of downtown.

    Art Trail Tecumseh is a Downtown Development Authority project made possible with funding through the DDA and the Sage Foundation. The display received a $6,000 grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. Information about the Midwest Sculpture Initiative can be found at www.msisculpture.com.

    “None of this would be possible without the contributions of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Sage Foundation,” Holtz said. “We get inquiries from all over from people who want to know about the Art Trail.”

    Along with the new pieces, also featured this year on the Art Trail will be the chainsaw carving of Tecumseh at the front entrance to Tecumseh Middle School, 307 N. Maumee St., and the returning art at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St. The brochures with information about each piece and its location should be available by late May, Holtz said.

    Thompson is also working on establishing another outdoor art display in downtown Tecumseh. The Sculpture Annex will be in the garden space between Ivy Gallery and Blush Boutique on East Chicago Boulevard. He is hoping to have everything in place by June.

    “The property has attractive fences at both ends and my idea is to have the gates open all the time so people can walk through,” Thompson said. “We’re working on getting lighting so it is safe for people and secure for the sculptures.”

    The idea is to have six to eight pieces in the vacant lot year-round along with a walking path. Thompson said the annex would tie in nicely with the Art Trail and the other downtown activities.

    He said the plans are being finalized. The Sculpture Annex will also be included in the Art Trail map, Holtz said.

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