MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A lakeshore community want's to be known for its public art and next month community leaders will take another step towards that goal.
In 2003 the Muskegon Mall came down and a newly formed public art committee went to work.
The nine members helped design a downtown space for something special.
"To do something significant and dramatic that would become an icon for Muskegon," said Chris McGuigan, President & CEO of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.
Muskegon Together Rising was the result. It and other works have been paid for with private funds.
"It gives you goose-bumps," said McGuigan. "You go by and see Charles Hackley and you feel his presence."
Interaction with the art is encouraged.
Next is a work to honor former Muskegon resident Sherm Poppen. He created the Snurfer, which eventually evolved into the modern snowboard.