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Posted on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 : 8:12 p.m.

New public-art mosaic dedicated at Allmendinger Park

By Daniel Brenner

The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission on Sunday dedicated its latest project: a community-oriented mosaic project at Allmendinger Park.

Artist Mary Thiefels of TreeTown Murals created the work on the columns of the shelter at Allmendinger Park, on Pauline off Main. The work incorporates self-portraits of Slauson Middle School students as well as personal mementos donated by community members.

The work is called "Nourishing Healthy Seeds." Photographer Daniel Brenner captured these images from the dedication.


Wolf's Bane

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 8:41 p.m.

Not bad. Really, not bad, but a bit too small.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 9:30 p.m.

I love this! Lovely work!


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 9:12 p.m.

My dogs were photographed here enjoying the artwork of local artist Mary Thiefels, a longtime resident of Ann Arbor and a good friend to many. I grew up playing in Allmendinger and to see this funky old building take on a new life through Mary's eyes is a wonderful thing. The gathering was a slew of local folks who all support Mary and the wonderful things she has done for the city as an artist. The neighborhood is better for it, and to watch young middle school students find their pieces and portraits was a treat. You may not agree with the way the city is supporting public art but you can't keep Treetown Murals down!

Roger Kuhlman

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 8:59 p.m.

Remember folks when you go to vote next week what the taxation issue concerning public art is all about. The issue is not whether art is a good thing nor is it even whether it is a nice thing to have art in public places. The issue being decided is whether to make it compulsory for all Ann Arbor taxpayers to pay for public art projects whether they support them or not.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 7:58 p.m.

So I got a look at it in person today, and, while it is far from my liking, I can see why it was well received by the neighborhood. It plays much better in person than in these photos. I have my concerns about the durability of the medium, and the danger presented by the many sharp edges, but clearly the artist was working with what the commission wanted. Circular columns are not the best place for mosaics, esp. with larger tiles like these.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 4:05 p.m.

Yeah, but does it have any blue blinky-lights?

Peter Eckstein

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 3:55 p.m.

The installation works well for several reasons. It augments an existing structure and does not attempt to compete with the natural features of the park. It represents the work of a local artist and therefore encourages our artistic community rather than deprecates it. It manages to incorporate the work of a number of other budding artists in the community--in this case, from Slauson Middle School. And it was executed at a very reasonable cost. I hope the future projects of the Arts Commission will adhere more closely to such standards.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 7:59 a.m.

Kudos, Mary! You help to brighten up this town with your spirit and your art!


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 3:15 a.m.

Funky, but Kewl. I kind of think that old man Allmendinger would enjoy it. Just saying . . .


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 2:38 a.m.

I will go see this in person this week, but from these pictures I will say it looks to be somewhere between underwhelming and hideous. Which is about where most of the public art has fallen so far. Hopefully it is better in person.


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

Do you mean " you're the kind of person"?... I am the kind of person who thinks public funds should be spent wisely; viewing art is subjective, I am entitled to my opinion. Since there was only about $6000 in taxpayer dollars spent on this, outside of the grant money, I imagine this will be one of the best public art values we will ever get, so I support that aspect of it. I hope it weathers well, I would hate to see those tiles popping and exposing the sharp edges.

Ron Granger

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 1:19 p.m.

Actually, anyone could contribute items for integration into the piece.

just a voice

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 1 p.m.

what a sourpuss, it looks much better then it did before, but I'm guessing your the kind of person who wouldn't like it unless you got to choose the art yourself


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 : 1:31 a.m.

Mary, It's gorgeous!!!!!