More Tribute sculptures coming to Woodward Ave.

Detroit and Pontiac are the next cities
in line to install tribute sculptures on their section of the famed
Woodward Avenue corridor.

They are part of the Woodward Avenue
Action Association’s Tribute Project, which is building the sculptures
along Michigan’s Main Street to raise awareness about its important
place in history. The sculptures are normally a robust column a story
or two tall that depict part of Woodward’s illustrious history.

Detroit’s
sculpture will be built next to the Spirit of Detroit at the
intersection of Woodward and Jefferson avenues in downtown. It will
have a theme of labor. The Pontiac sculpture’s theme will center on
transportation. Its location is still being determined.

A
combination of federal funds and a local match are paying for the
projects. Construction on both is expected to begin late this spring or
early this summer.

“They’re going to cost significantly less
than the Ferndale one because that was the test case,” says Nicole
Brown, outreach and promotions coordinator with the Woodward Avenue Action Association.

These cities are following the lead of downtown Ferndale, which erected the first column in
2008. The idea is to tell Woodward Avenue’s story and increase tourism
through 30-foot-high interpretive themed columns made mainly of glass
and concrete.

The sculptures will be internally illuminated to
help depict visual elements of Woodward’s past, present and future,
such as its history in autos, technology, and music. Portions of these
sculptures are being paid for by National Scenic Byway grants.

Source: Nicole Brown, outreach and promotions coordinator with the Woodward Avenue Action Association
Writer: Jon Zemke