Westra sculpture comes alive along GH waterfront

After being in place along the waterfront for nearly a year, Grand Haven resident Mike Westra's kinetic wind sculpture has been formally dedicated and lit up. The metal sculpture, which includes parts of the old stoplight poles from downtown Grand Haven, was installed in October 2010. It was dedicated and given nighttime lighting Thursday. It's located between the Snug Harbor restaurant and the Riverview shops, and is similar to other Westra designs.
Alex Doty
Sep 23, 2011


During ArtPrize 2009 in Grand Rapids, Westra placed in the top 10 with his kinetic wind sculpture called “Winddancer 2.” This design featured similar elements to the sculpture on Grand Haven’s waterfront, but was smaller in size.

“The first few months that it was up, I went down there a lot,” Westra said.

Westra said he went to check on the sculpture to make sure it was holding up during the winds of the fall and winter months. Since then, he said he continues to visit the sculpture to people-watch and get their reaction of the sculpture.

“I see a lot of people taking photos of it,” he said.

Westra said it took him awhile to fabricate the metal sculpture. He had assistance from others — ranging from volunteers from Challenge Machine, who helped create schematics; to people at Great Lakes Contracting, who helped the fabrication process.

“It took many, many hours at Great Lakes Contracting to turn it into a sculpture,” Westra said.

Westra said he was hopeful events like ArtWalk would provide additional positive events for the Grand Haven community, in addition to the annual Coast Guard Festival.

“Hopefully, it can be another thing Grand Haven can be associated with,” he said of ArtWalk.


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