What's the one thing Rotary Park is missing? Give up? The answer is fine art.
Trenton was selected to participate in the Detroit Institute of Art's Inside/Out program for 2012.
Six original reproductions of fine art dating as far back as the 16th century will be installed in some of the most unlikely places throughout Trenton's downtown area.
Some of the pieces hang on the sides of buildings, while others are freestanding throughout the downtown area. The pieces are clustered within walking or biking distance from each other to encourage people to get out and view them all.
The masterpieces will be installed on or before July 3 and will remain until Sept. 30 in several different locations:
- Coastal Scene with a Man-of-War and other Vessels, 1692 by Ludolf Backhuysen (Dutch, 1630-1708) will be installed at Kennedy Recreation Center.
- The Countess de Brac as Aurora, 1741 by Jean Marc Nattier (French, 1685 – 1766) will be installed at Trenton City Hall.
- The Wedding Dance, 1566 by Peter Bruegel the Elder (Netherlandish, 1525 – 1569) will be installed at the Trenton Police Station.
- In the Garden, 1903/1904 by Mary Cassatt (American, 1844 – 1926) will be post mounted at the Trenton Cultural Center.
- Solitude, 1890 by Jean Leon Gerome (French, 1824 – 1904) will be post mounted at Rotary Park.
- The Wilkinson Family, 1776/1778 by Francis Wheatley (English, 1747 – 1801) will be installed at Trenton Veterans Memorial Library.
Residents of Trenton can visit the actual works of art and many others at the DIA for free on August 19. Residents can show their driver's license for free admission to the museum.
Trenton is one of 29 Michigan communities selected to host the Detroit Institute of Art's Inside/Out program.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is sponsoring the program, which comes at no cost to the City of Trenton.