The Lansing River Trail sweeps through parks and paved areas from Old Town to downtown to Waverly Road and from Potter Park Zoo to the campus of Michigan State University.
Now, for the third year, the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center has partnered with the city of Lansing for the ARTpath: Public Art on the Lansing River Trail program, where about 3 miles of the trail put a spotlight on artists by showing their work.
Mixed in with building murals and architecture surrounding places like the Lansing Center, the alluring art makes an already enjoyable walk or bike ride a highly recommended cultural adventure.
For example, under the Kalamazoo Street bridge, a mural by Emily Luyk called “Living” shows the artist’s love of flora.
In nearby R.E. Olds Pocket Park, “Mischief” by Dace Koenigsknecht is a scrap-metal project that demonstrates two bear cubs climbing a tree with a honeybee fluttering nearby.
There are also works of art that provide a significant gut check, like Isiah Lattimore’s mural of George Floyd under the Interstate 496 bridge. Nearby, Lattimore’s other mural titled “St. Cecilia” shows a woman in a medical mask, flat on the ground.
“Chain of Compassion” is a fiber installation along Oakland Street bridge by Jane Reiter that expresses, for her, love of equality and human rights.
ARTpath can be also be seen at lansingartgallery.org/artpath-2020, but to truly get a feel for these pieces, the art should be viewed in person.
Each of the 20 unique ARTpath entries along the River Trail were expertly crafted by accomplished artists. More than that, they are individual and meaningful visual experiences that will leave a lasting impression during an especially difficult time.