'Oak Arch' to anchor 'The Darling Walkway'
The City of Fremont works to enrich the lives of the City’s residents and visitors. The City's current project, "The Darling Walkway", will add to the visually appealing downtown with integration of green space, community gathering areas and public art of many kinds and at many levels.
"The Darling Walkway", will be an engaging space adjoining the Gateway Apartments located in the historic former Fremont High School, Fremont Community Recreation Authority, Fremont Area District Library, and just steps away from the pedestrian friendly downtown that offers shops and restaurants in a small town setting. This new communal gathering area will be anchored by a public art sculpture, "Oak Arch", designed by artist Joe Krajkiewcz.
The sculpture will be leaf shape in an arch form that becomes a canopy that continues to ground level and provides functional bench seating and interaction for the public.
A fundraising campaign for the "Oak Arch" is being initiated by the City of Fremont and the Downtown Development Authority's Public Art Committee. Community contributions for the project will receive matching dollars from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) through their program "Patronicity", a civic crowdfunding and crowdgranting platform.
The fundraising campaign has a goal of $30,000 and funds raised through this effort will create "Oak Arch", a large public art sculpture of an oak leaf that will be the defining anchor and connection to the new public green-space in downtown Fremont, The Darling Walkway; a meandering accessible concrete pathway for all to use; and lighting and landscaping to complement the sculpture.
The City of Fremont encourages the community to support the continued beautification of the town and "give a gift that 'leafs' an impression"! Visit the Public Art Committee booth at the Fremont Chamber of Commerce Arts and Crafts Fair on July 15 in Veteran's Memorial Park or go to Patronicity to make your contribution today!
For more information on The Darling Walkway and the fundraising campaign for "Oak Arch", stop by City of Fremont, 101 East Main Street, downtown Fremont or call 231.924.2101.