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Muscular Sculptor , May 1978

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Ann Arbor News, May 17, 1978
Sculptor David Heberling (left)does not even seem to be straining as he apparently sing-handedly eases his massive 18-foot-tall creation into place in the "urban sculpture park" at Fourth Avenue and Catherine. Actually, a giant crane is doing all the heavy work (note the straps at the top). The work, made of steel and weighing 3,500 to 4,000 pounds, represents a portal or gate. Pedestrians will walk between it two legs. An official unveiling is scheduled for noon Saturday. The $4,000 work was paid for by a Michigan Arts Council grant. The plaza, planned by Ann Arbor Tomorrow, was completed with workers unemployed under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act.

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The bricks around the sculpture were the original paving bricks from that part of Detroit Street. The buildings along the plaza fronted Detroit Street and had Detroit Street addresses. The numbers are still the same, but the street name has been changed to 4th Avenue.

The summer before the sculpture was installed, the street was closed and the paving bricks were pulled up and hand-cleaned by residents who lived above the businesses. CETA employees then repositioned them to form the sculpture base and the surrounding park.