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The River's Edge Environmental Sculpture is one of the most overlooked public sculptures in downtown Grand Rapids. That’s because it’s hidden in plain view, incorporated into the city’s Grand River Flood Wall.
Installed in 1995, this 600-foot-long sculptural wall is composed of Michigan boulders, Vermont granite, concrete and pockets of soil and vegetation. It functions as a flood wall even as it softens the river’s edge with native vegetation and creates small niches that shelter birds and other wildlife living along the river. It is also reminiscent of the stone foundations of 19th century buildings that can still be seen at various locations along the river. The project includes an accessible walkway to the river’s edge. The River’s Edge Environmental Sculpture was designed by Vermont-based sculptor Michael Singer, who has long championed using public art to promote urban and ecological renewal. Singer was invited to propose a public artwork in a site of his choice within city limits, and he chose this location and designed this piece to engage the public with the natural and historic significance of the Grand River. That project continues today with an initiative to restore whitewater rapids to the Grand River and revitalize its importance to the community.