In 2006 the Birmingham Public Art Board accepted The Sauvé proposal to curate the Cityscapes exhibit. The "Birmingham Cityscapes" exhibit is comprised of 10 large scale outdoor sculptures located in Downtown Birmingham. Over the last three years Sauvé have raised over $200,000 in donations for the installation of the Cityscapes sculpture. All funding for this exhibit was raised through the Private sector and through financial support from the Hill Gallery and the Sauvé Art Foundation. The Birmingham Cityscapes exhibit is represented by artists, Mark di Suvero, Dennis Oppenheim, John Sauvé, Ken Thompson, Chris Yockey, Nathan Diana, Harry Gordon, Jay Wholley and Gene Heinstein.
Cityscapes Pubic Art Exhibit
Curated by Brighton-based sculptor John Sauve (of the Sauve Art Foundation), the Cityscapes exhibit was a collaborative effort with Cultural Council of Birmingham-Bloomfield to promote art in public spaces and enhance the downtown Birmingham experience. It accomplished both. Though the installations are temporary, many, including the aforementioned Oppenheim and di Suvero, are beautiful and perfectly weird in their surroundings. Education is a cornerstone of the project as well. The idea is that by inserting these works by these specific artists into the terrain, as Sauve himself puts it, "new ideas can be encountered and explored on a daily basis."
The world premiere of a documentary made about the Cityscapes project, artists and installations is Friday, June 18, inside the Detroit Institute of Arts' formal Lecture Hall. For a link to a Cityscapes map to the sculptures, see the online version of this story.