Gallup River Art

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Part of the SummerGame2015 Game

There’s new art to be seen at Ann Arbor parks this summer! Canoe Imagine Art (CIA) is a public art project that repurposes canoes retired by the City of Ann Arbor with the purpose of celebrating the history and attributes of the Huron River and/or the City’s park system. Four works of art were selected, through a juried and public voting process, for temporary installations along the Huron River in Ann Arbor. You’ll also find framed reproductions of three famous paintings from the Detroit Institute of Art’s Inside|Out program. Plus five animals native to Michigan that have been recreated in painted concrete.

Your first stop is Gallup Park, which is located at 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. All of the sculptures are located along the inside Gallup loop. Start near the Gallup Park Canoe Livery and Coffee Shop. You can stop inside and ask for a copy of the River Art map. From there, head East on the path towards the Butterfly Garden. You’ll meet the muskrat and the Canada Goose along the way. The first Canoe Imagine Art sculpture is just past the Canada Goose. Stop when you get to Canoe Fan by Victoria Fuller.

To find the first part of your first code, face the sculpture with the river behind it. Find the rightmost canoe in the fan (the one nearest the ground to the right). Look fro the “Capacity Information” label inside the canoe. In what Michigan city was the canoe manufactured? That city is the first part of your code.

To find the second part of your first code, look to the right of the sculpture to find a sign with more information and the artist’s statement. Read it to find the answer to this: “Canoe fan calls to mind … or the sun on the _______.” The Michigan city (two words) and this word entered without spaces are your first code.

Continue East on the inside Gallup loop to find your second code. You'll walk over some bridges and head towards the Maas picnic shelter. You'll know you're nearly there when you see the painted turtle sculpture. Look East along the river's edge and you'll see a framed reproduction of a work by the famous Vincent van Gogh. It's "Portrait of Postman Roulin," who happened to be Vincent's good friend. Head on over to the portrait to read the information label that is posted just to the right of the painting. This area seems to be rather popular with the geese, so be careful not to step in their droppings.

Look for Vincent van Gogh's middle name. This is the first part of your second code. The second part of the second code can be found by completing this sentence: "If he looks puffed up and proud in this portrait, it's because he recently became a ______." Those two words together make up the second and final code for this badge.

In partnership with the City of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission (AAPAC), The Arts Alliance is managing the Canoe Imagine Art project. Support for the project has come from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the City of Ann Arbor. Further collaboration for the planning of this project and in-kind support comes from: Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department, Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Huron River Watershed Council.

900 SummerGame2015 point bonus when earned

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