03 | Wind Song Station

Sculpture  |  Charles Jarvis   |  Grand Ledge, MI

About This Installation

Through this installation, nature will provide a soft melody in harmony with the sound of running water from the Fish Ladder that can be enjoyed by the entire park. While also providing people using the River Trail with a functional, multi-purpose station for resting, repairing bikes, changing a baby, meeting friends, and more. As someone who often visits Old Town with my family, I wanted to create something that is not just something nice to look at, but also to listen to, and be near. An installation that uses nature to power itself, which in turn enhances the environment and those around it.

Artist Bio

I have over 18 years of experience in the Graphic Design field and over 27 years of practicing my Fine Arts skills.

I started my Fine Arts training under Wand Shidler, which grew my love of the craft, helped evolve my attention to detail, and expanded my knowledge of the creative process. I went on to graduate from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communications and a background in Video Production and Animation.

I was hired right out of college as a Graphic Designer for the Michigan Department of Transportation where I have honed my skills on some very large scale projects, such as the Official State Transportation Map, MDOT’s 5 Year Plan, multiple conferences, and safety campaigns at both the national and state-wide levels. From 2012 to 2019 I was the Editor for the non-profit Morgan Owners Group – Great Lakes club.

I feel that my experience using ADA standards to create products for the public lends to my ability to produce art that almost everyone can enjoy. I put extra effort into my designs so they communicate the intended message clearly, especially for people with disabilities or language barriers. I currently reside, with my wife and two daughters, in Grand Ledge, MI, and have a property in Kewadin, MI.

NOTE: Some images are submission proposals. Final artwork photos will be posted after the artist has completed their installation prior to June 1, 2021.

Find On The Trail - Site 03

Buchard Park - North

This spacious, grassy area houses the Brenke Fish Ladder in the historic Old Town Neighborhood.

This location is made possible in part by generous contributions from:
Rich Sneary

ArtPath 2021 is generously supported by our title sponsors Rathbun Insurance and Auto-Owners Insurance. With additional support by:

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