Fennville, MI – In a heartfelt tribute to the immigrants who have played a vital role in the local community, Fennville held a remarkable art event on Saturday, May 6th. The event was centered around the unveiling of a stunning 12-foot aluminum sculpture called “Reaching for the Stars,” located at the Fennville Library. The community rallied around this meaningful piece of artwork, which serves as a symbol of gratitude and recognition for the immigrants who tirelessly pick fruits and vegetables in the area.
The artist behind this extraordinary sculpture is Hector Vega, a talented visionary from Cleveland, Ohio. Hector’s works of art are known for their depth and emotional impact, and “Reaching for the Stars” is no exception. The sculpture stands tall and proud, representing the aspirations and dreams of the immigrant community in Fennville. Its design is a result of extensive research and community engagement, with Hector personally meeting and understanding the lives of immigrant farmers in the area.
What makes “Reaching for the Stars” even more special is the integration of Augmented Reality (AR) by Georgio Sabino III, who traveled alongside Hector from Cleveland, Ohio. This cutting-edge technology allows the sculpture to become interactive, enabling the community to enjoy an immersive experience. By using their smartphones or tablets, visitors can unlock additional layers of the artwork, making it a truly engaging and unforgettable encounter. Moreover, a drone YouTube short film will be created to document the exhibit, capturing its essence and impact for posterity.
The unveiling of “Reaching for the Stars” was featured in the April 27th, 2023 issue of The Commercial Record (www.WilcoxNewspaper.com), accompanied by a captivating photograph and an article. The Fennville Library, located at 400 W Main Street, served as the venue for the sculpture dedication, which took place from 6 pm to 9 pm on the designated day. The driving force behind this remarkable project was Mary Jo Lemanski, with the Saugatuck Douglas Fennville Arts Initiative (SDFAI) working closely with the City of Fennville and the Fennville District Library.
The sculpture dedication ceremony featured a performance by the Fennville band Grupo Fierro, further enhancing the festive atmosphere. Additionally, the library showcased other paintings by Hector Vega, providing visitors with a broader glimpse into his artistic journey. It is essential to acknowledge the collaborative effort and support from various organizations and businesses in Fennville, including Fennville Friends of the Library, Salt of the Earth, Root, Blue Goose Cafe, and El Jaripeo.
The “Reaching for the Stars” sculpture dedication event was a testament to the power of art in celebrating and honoring the immigrant community in Fennville. It served as a reminder of the invaluable contributions made by immigrants, while also fostering unity and appreciation within the local community. The sculpture, along with Hector Vega’s art, will continue to inspire and provoke dialogue, leaving a lasting impact on all who encounter it.