Artist presents sculpture

Brown Trout sculpture model unveiled

BALDWIN — On Thursday, Oct. 20, members of the public had an opportunity to view a model of the largest brown trout sculpture in the world planned for Baldwin.

The Baldwin Village Office was humming with activity as people examined the model of the brown trout sculpture unveiled by artist Ivan Iler, of St. Johns. The location for the 25 feet sculpture was revealed to the public for the first time.  The sculpture will be installed at the junction of Michigan Avenue and the Pere Marquette Trail, visible from M-37.

“You can see the colors in my sculpture are very close to the actual colors of the brown trout,” Iler said. “There is quite bit of khaki color in the sculpture.”

The sculpture of the brown trout will be built in St. Johns and taken apart and reinstalled in Lake County, said Iler.

“I am excited about working on this project. I am even building an extension on my shop to build it, so I can step back and look at it during the construction process. I did a lot of research to see what brown trout sculptures already existed, and my sculpture will supersede them in height,” he said. “This is the tallest sculpture I have designed.”

Landscape Architect Marlies Manning, of Manning Designs in Big Rapids, provided a layout of the location and design for the area the sculpture will be placed.

“This project has been great to work on,” she said, “It has been great working with Ivan and collaborating ideas. I am working with the landscape to give the appearance of the brown trout leaping out of a stream.”