Sorry for the rather poor quality of this photo, but I took this picture on my phone while walking around in downtown Ann Arbor. This is an installation by talented A2 artist Mike Sivak whose beautifully crafted artworks often refer to devotional objects such as reliquaries and altars, all in the service of his reverence for art.
This installation is part of an ongoing program of Ann Arbor Art Center which selects artworks to appear in the “Aquarium” microgallery on Ashley Street near Liberty, adding some much-needed visual liveliness to an otherwise featureless city block. The space is 8′ x 8′ x 2.5′
To quote the accompanying wall copy:
The Aquarium is a microgallery that hosts ten exhibitions annually. The mission of the Aquarium is to showcase the work of regional artists working with alternative media such as installation, moving image and performance. Artists are invited to fill the gallery in its entirety with a work of art that is unconventional and fun.
The Art Center is currently accepting proposals. For more information about making a proposal for the Aquarium Gallery: http://www.annarborartcenter.org/exhibitions/galleries/
I noticed that the windows project is funded by an organization called the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation which I had never heard of. Upon a little investigation I found out that this group provides mini grants to support the “creation of awesomeness in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area” Their recent grants, in addition to the Aquarium project, include funding a mural on the Dos Hermanos Market in Ypsilanti. They have also recently funded projects by Bike A2 and Abundant Michigan Permaculture Ypsilanti. For more: http://a2awesome.org/