04 | Lansing the Hidden Garden

Installation  |  Nevin Speerbrecker  |  Lansing, MI

About This Installation

I have been a local artist for several years but just recently started exhibiting my works. You may recognize my name from several of the Lansing City Pulse newspaper covers I have illustrated.

This piece is a concept that Lansing is a hidden garden of lush areas and of natural areas, including the river trail. A pedestrian would arrive at the bench and upon looking in they would then see a hidden gate opening to the garden and a group of differing animal life.

The concept would maintain any growth from local trees that may or may not grow over the bench to enhance the feeling of the garden being hidden away and inviting only them to the riches of our natural spaces.

The idea for this piece actually came from my wife Diane who is always an inspiration to me. After we saw the bench space it came to us to use it as a gateway to a garden hidden away like many of our parks. Drawing on the inspiration of the strength of our Indigenous people, the planet and the green space herein are sacred and need to be protected.

You will find several local animals, birds, and flora in the garden as you can find throughout our area. The tree in the center represents the mighty oak and the tree of life that binds us together regardless of culture.

Artist Bio

Nevin is a lifetime Lansing resident and works as an Illustrator, Graphic Design and Computer Graphics Artist. He attended LCC in the early 80s and studied with some of the more famous artists of the Lansing area. Enjoyment of his life is working on honing his skills. His illustrations have been published in National magazines, and the cover of the Local City Pulse Newspaper. His experience also includes Murals and his current one is located in the Capitol Area District Library's South Lansing Branch. Nevin is an exhibiting artist at several local venues.

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Find On The Trail - Site 04

Seating Area along the Old Town Boardwalk

This wooden boardwalk is in the heart of the historic Old Town Neighborhood. This built-in seating area comfortably seats two adults and is across from a popular fishing spot. This area is a short walk from a staircase that takes pedestrians up to the Old Town neighborhood.

This location is made possible in part by generous contributions from:
Lansing Board of Water & Light

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

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