Ann Arbor, Michigan – A new permanent artwork that celebrates the local watershed consists of a tall, carved metal structure that sits atop a sculpted concrete ramp. Storm water collected from the roof of city hall is directed through the sculpture, pouring down past blue LED lights. When the water hits the concrete ramp, it is directed into a winding path that flows to an underground cistern. (A metal walkway spans the winding path.) The water in the cistern is then redirected either back into the flowing sculpture or out into a rain garden planted in the municipal plaza.
Artist Herbert Dreiseitl hopes this Untitled work will “celebrate and express what water does in this particular region.” The piece, he hopes, will also be an inspiring symbol that connects this generation to future generations. “Rain is like a gift from the heavens that is all about the future and renewing the earth. Rain drops like pearls and penetrates the surface, glides down, collects, and then flows down the stream. The sculpture tells that whole story,” Dreiseitl said at the dedication ceremony. The project, completed in 2011, cost $750,000 and was commissioned by the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission.