‘The Dance of Bliss’ Dearborn’s Art in Public Places Featured Sculpture

“The Dance of Bliss” sculpture by Mike Sohikian is installed in the West Village Plaza Court Yard next to Starbucks. Constructed from steel and concrete, “The Dance of Bliss” stands about six feet high and is priced for sale at $7,500.

Twelve sculptures have been placed throughout Dearborn as part of the community’s 2012-2013 Art in Public Places – Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI).

Funding for the project is provided by the Dearborn Community Fund and the East and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities. Each month a different sculpture and sculptor are highlighted.

“The Dance of Bliss” by Mike Sohikian is the featured sculpture for December. The sculpture is installed in the West Village Plaza Court Yard next to Starbucks. Constructed from steel and concrete, “The Dance of Bliss” stands about six feet high and is priced for sale at $7,500.

A retired ironworker, Sohikian always loved art but didn’t start his own career as an artist until 1995. He frequently draws inspiration for his work from literature and the work of other famous artists and is best known for creating innovative pieces from salvaged steel incorporating other industrial type materials, like concrete, in to the designs. The end results reveal fascinating forms that frequently embody an air of whimsy coupled with strength conveyed through the very materials used to create the piece.

Dearborn has hosted Sohikian’s work in the past. His “Guerrero” was installed at the theater entrance to the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center for the 2010-2011 sculpture initiative, and in 2011-2012, his “Eight Horse Power” sculpture could be seen on the Dearborn Historical Museum grounds located at Michigan Avenue and Brady. Besides Dearborn, Sohikian’s work has been exhibited throughout Michigan and Ohio. He has won numerous prestigious awards and recognition, and his work can be found in over 400 art collections nationwide.

A video about “The Dance of Bliss” sculpture will air on Dearborn cable television during December and can be viewed online at www.cdtv.pegcentral.com/.

“I Spy Dearborn’s Art in Public Places” cards, which include photos and locations for the 12 MSI sculptures and two Pockets of Perception pieces, are available upon request or on the Dearborn Community Fund web page at www.dearborncommunityfund.org.

For more information on Dearborn’s 2012-2013 Art in Public Places Midwest Sculpture Initiative, including information about purchasing the sculptures, contact the Dearborn Community Fund office at 313-943-5478

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