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Lansing Community College and the City of Lansing to Unveil 30-Foot Sculpture on Downtown Campus

October 3, 2014

Lansing, MICH – A vibrant red sculpture weighing more than 4,000 pounds and standing 30-feet tall will be unveiled at Lansing Community College’s (LCC) downtown campus today as part of a 15-piece outdoor sculpture installation.

The towering sculpture, "Education and Community," was created by internationally acclaimed sculptor and retired Michigan State University professor, Jim Cunningham. The sculpture is perched atop a black granite base and features an abstract red ribbon winding around a stainless steel rod. The mirror finish rod reflects the colors of the sky and surrounding environment, and is artfully placed at the main pedestrian entrance on Shiawassee St.

"It's important to inspire students inside and outside of the classroom," said Brent Knight, president of LCC. "These sculptures, when integrated with the new learning environment inside our buildings, truly make LCC a college like no other."

Following the unveiling, guests are invited to participate in a sculpture walk to explore the collection of art and sculptures on campus and the surrounding downtown area.

"The sculpture collection is not just visually powerful, it enriches the environment and can easily be appreciated by people of all ages and backgrounds," said city Mayor, Virg Bernero. "The sculptures are a valuable asset that will forever change the landscape of Downtown Lansing."

The 15 sculptures were designed, fabricated, or engineered in diverse ways by LCC students, faculty, and alumni. The college's sculpture and art projects are funded through the Build Forward initiative—a project involving significant renovation of key campus buildings and critical learning spaces on campus.

Remarks about the sculpture will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held in room 108 inside of the Arts and Sciences building. The sculpture will be unveiled at 10:20 a.m. on the corner of Shiawassee and Washington St. Both streets will be closed during the ceremony.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 20,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

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