Street art shines this year

Local businesses have swam with the fish and hung with the dogs. This summer, lighthouses will line local streets and storefronts during the Grand Wavin’ community art project.
Alex Doty
May 1, 2013


“It’s obviously really important to the community, and there’s a heightened awareness to those two structures right now,” said Dana Kollewehr, executive director of the city's Main Street Downtown Development Authority. “It just seemed like a natural fit for us to do. It’s very Grand Haven.”

The project features a 3-D wooden canvas in the shape of Grand Haven's two lighthouses and a wave.

The art will be displayed throughout the city all summer long. It will culminate with the ArtWalk event in September, when a community competition will take place similar to past years.

Grand Haven artist Sean Sterzer, who is in the process of painting an entry, agreed with the choice of the lighthouses for this year's project. She noted the theme fits with the city’s recent acquisition of the lighthouses and preservation plan.

Kollewehr said order forms for the Grand Wavin' project will be available beginning Friday. The lighthouse cutouts will be delivered in two weeks.

The cost is $250 for a large one and $35 for a small version.

For details on ordering the large piece, see Kollewehr at the Downtown Development Authority office, 20 N. Fifth St. in Grand Haven; e-mail her at; or visit

Small lighthouses will be available for purchase in the coming weeks at two downtown stores: The Paper Place and Michigan Rag Co.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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