Several dozen Dearborn community members gathered Saturday at City Hall Park to celebrate the unveiling of two very unique pieces of art.
The Pockets of Perception Design Team–comprised of 15 students from , and –spent more than a year of their free time developing designs for the two POP sculptures. They continued to provide input as fabricator Ken Thompson of Flatlanders Sculpture Supply used his skills to bring their designs to life as aluminum sculptures that will be on permanent display along Michigan Ave.–one in Dearborn City Hall Park and the other in the West Dearborn Pocket Park.
"The Pockets of Perception project has been a unique learning experience for all involved," commented Dearborn Community Fund Chairwoman Karen Nigosian at the unveiling ceremony. "The two sculptures will remain gifts to our community."
The $60,000 project was funded by major donations from the DCF and Ford Motor Company, plus help from multiple local businesses, groups and individuals.
Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly commented that efforts such as POP helped hone the skills of the city's younger generation, and show just what they are capable of.
The result of months of collaboration are the two sculptures, designed to complement each other and signify the coming together of east and west Dearborn.
"We came to a consensus that we would unify this town as one," explained DHS senior and POP member Shaker Hassan.
Added O'Reilly, "We celebrate who we are as a community and who we want to be, and we see it through the eyes of our young people."
Students on the POP Design Team are, from Dearborn High School: Malcolm H. Brown, Camille Charara, Eilionora E. Donelson, Shaker Hassan, Yutian Leng, John Richard Struman, Fatme Ali Taleb and Anthony Vanarsdale; from Edsel Ford High School: Anthony Marquez, Carolyn Pawlicki, Natalie Randall and Michelina A. Risbeck; and from Fordson High School: Reem Meheidli, Hanna Omar and Shureza Conchita Rodriguez.
Fordson High School teacher Mohamad Bazzi and Wendy Sample, a former Art Resource teacher for the Dearborn Public Schools, provided professional guidance for the team.