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New sculpture 'Motor City' adds to public art on Lawrence Tech campus

Release Date: November 24, 2021
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"Motor City" by sculptor Douglas Gruizenga with LTU's Donley Residence Hall in the background. 
LTU photo / Matt Roush

SOUTHFIELD—An intriguing work by Interlochen sculptor Douglas Gruizenga now graces Lawrence Technological University’s campus near the LTU Architecture Building.

Called “Motor City,” the sculpture resembles six pistons of an auto engine—a perfect image for a Detroit-area university that sends so many graduates to work in the transportation industry.

Each of the three two-piston pieces is fabricated of aluminum and weighs about 300 pounds.

Although delivered last May, Covid-19 delayed its permanent placement until now. A more formal dedication is being planned.

A Southfield city ordinance requires Lawrence Tech to install works of public art as part of any major construction project. This particular piece was related to the ongoing construction of Blue Devils Stadium.

Gruizenga’s works can be found throughout Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee, including major installations at Western Michigan University, the University of Toledo, the Illinois Children’s Museum in Decatur, Ill., McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., and along Ford Road in Canton Township. He has also worked as a modeler for Chrysler Corp. and as a carpenter for the Interlochen Center for the Arts Theatre Department.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation's top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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