Area residents attend summer band concert, sculpture presentation

Artists and art enthusiasts alike gathered at the Big Rapids First United Methodist Church Wednesday evening for a celebration of all things creative, including a concert by the Ferris Community Summer Band and a presentation for a new piece of public art created by sculptor Ivan Iler. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

During this week’s performance by the Ferris Community Summer Band, artist Ivan Iler also gave a brief presentation on a new sculpture he has been working on during the past year, which was installed Wednesday morning on an island near the Riverwalk behind the Big Rapids Middle School. Iler said his piece titled “Black Bear Up a Tree” was inspired by the area’s surroundings, and he was excited to be able to create this sculpture for the public to enjoy. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

“Black Bear Up a Tree” was installed on an island along the Riverwalk in the Muskegon River Wednesday morning. The piece of art was commissioned last year as part of the 2019 Festival of the Arts. (Pioneer photo/Taylor Fussman)

Despite a rainy day, artist Ivan Iler and his team worked Wednesday morning to install his sculpture on an island off the Big Rapids Riverwalk. Residents and guests to the community are encouraged to check out the new piece of public art. (Courtesy photo)


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Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at

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