Survey Of Dexter’s Public Art: Winners And Losers

The City of Dexter Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee conducted a survey of the permanent and temporary sculptures around town. It was a simple survey. Participants were given a sheet of paper with photos of the eight sculptures on display throughout Dexter and they were asked to place a check mark next to the ones they liked.

The Committee was formed by Dexter City Council to oversee the City’s art, culture, and heritage programs and make recommendations to the Council regarding these projects. Projects over the past few years have included the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, purchase of permanent art sculptures around Dexter and the display of several temporary sculptures.

During last summer’s Dexter Daze and Paint Dexter festivals, 197 people were surveyed about the 5 permanent sculptures and 3 temporary sculptures. The results were recently given to the City Council.

  • 8% liked Great Blue Heron (permanent sculpture in Mill Creek Park)
  • 8% liked Balancing Act (permanent sculpture in Mill Creek Park)
  • 5% liked Twisted Fish (permanent sculpture in Mill Creek Park)
  • 4% liked Dexter’s Friendly Troll (permanent sculpture along West Ridge
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  • 8% liked Sound of the Wind (permanent sculpture in Lion’s Park)
  • 7% liked Timeless (temporary sculpture in Mill Creek Park)
  • 7% liked Slow Rolling (temporary sculpture near the Dexter Library)
  • 6% liked A New Day (temporary sculpture near LaFontaine Chevrolet)

The three temporary sculptures will be on display until May 2018 and are available for purchase by the public. Based upon the survey results, the City has decided not to purchase any of the temporary sculptures in this round.

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