Seven mosaic art works, inspired by the Grandmont Rosedale community and designed by artist Hubert Massey, were installed this summer at Stoepel Park. It was a great effort by a great group of volunteers. To give you a feel for the scope of this project, here are some numbers: The mosaics cover 1,400 square feet. 5000 pounds of tile, 2,500 pounds of mortar, and 1,875 pounds of grout were used, and over 600 volunteers were a part of the largest public installation of Hubert Massey’s work in Detroit. A heartfelt thanks for the many volunteers from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Youth for helping out on three long, hot days in July!
The mosaics depict all the ways that Stoepel Park is used by the surrounding community. One features a girls’ softball team, another shows families having a picnic. There are soccer players, football players, rope jumpers, and kite flyers. As Becki Kenderes, the Program Manager for the mosaic installation says, “The mosaics are vibrant examples of the surrounding vibrant community. It was a great project to be a part of!”
The installation happened for the most part during one weekend in July, and what a wonderful weekend of community cooperation and inspiration it was! A special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Erb Foundation, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the many individual donors who made this amazing project possible! Our Rosedale Grandmont Little League players and their families can now boast that they have not just newly renovated baseball fields, but some of the most beautiful baseball dugouts for miles around! Stop by Stoepel Park and take the time to look at all eight mosaics. You’ll be proud to call Grandmont Rosedale a place you know and love. Check out these photos for a tour of our new outdoor art gallery: