Mustang horse sculpture stays put after donation

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A sculpture of a mustang horse made of discarded and recycled metal will stay in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn following a donation from a steel company.

The sculpture, called “Gaze,” was loaned last year to Dearborn as part of the Midwest Sculpture Initiative from Art in Public Places, the Detroit Free Press reported (http://on.freep.com/1bJ22gy ).

Artist James Oleson’s sculpture was to stay until spring as Dearborn worked to raise $16,000 to pay for it to keep it permanently. The City of Hastings, however, made an offer to buy the horse. Dearborn had until this month to come up with the money or the horse would be moved.

“We just thought it was so appropriate for our community,” said Emma Jean Woodward, executive director at Dearborn Community Fund. Mustang cars are made by Ford Motor Co., which is headquartered in Dearborn.

Dearborn-based Kenwal Steel donated $16,000 to purchase the statue, which is located outside the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

“We love art in Dearborn,” said city spokeswoman Mary Laundroche. “And how could we not love the mustang sculpture, when Dearborn was the original home of the Ford Mustang.”

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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