Lansing’s public art display shines light on accessibility, local talent

Lansing’s public art display shines light on accessibility, local talent

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center by Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center

Isiah Lattimore’s murals speak for themselves, and the large-scale, colorful pieces get people talking to each other.

And the site of those conversations this summer is the Lansing River Trail, which is playing host to the third annual ARTpath along a 3.5-mile stretch of the path from Old Town to REO Town. The public art exhibition features 19 unique art installations from Michigan-based makers, with the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center providing the push to bring visual arts to accessible spaces.

Lattimore, of Flint, has two pieces in the exhibition, and he says they address the moments in time that we’re living. Outdoor art is exciting to Lattimore for a number of reasons.

“They exist in a space that the viewing is more prolonged,” he says. “Outside doesn’t close. It doesn’t have to be interaction between artist and viewer (because they can do it at their moment).”

The gallery partnered with donors, the City of Lansing and its Parks and Recreation Department to create ARTpath River Trail Exhibition. The path, accessible on foot, bike or hopping in and out of a kayak from the Grand River, features sculptures, paintings, large scale murals and mixed media.

The pieces, which can be found on this map, are designed to be interactive and engaging with park visitors. Last summer over 62,000 visitors enjoyed the River Trail during the duration of the project.

Watch the video below to learn more.

Visit Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center’s website to discover more about ARTpath.