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Lansing, Michigan: Big Pencils, Big Things

Pencils, typewriter keys, books, and other oversized artwork on a community college campus.

601 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI
The pencils are on the south side of Schoolcraft Drive midway between N. Capitol and N. Grand Aves.
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Big Pencils, Other Big Things

On Lansing Community College campus is a sidewalk teaming with art and big things. Each of them on their own are pretty cool, but as a collection, it makes for a really fun walk. My favorite is named "Elementary" by Ryan Miller. It's a sculpture of three pencils towering at about 25 feet tall. "Literature" is a limestone sculpture of big books also by Ryan Miller. "Write On" is a piece made to look like large typewriter keys; the artist is unknown. "Education and Community" has been dubbed "the Red ribbon in the sky." Artist Jim Cunningham made this 4,000 pound, 30-foot-tall piece that was installed in 2014.

[Betsey, 06/07/2018]

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