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New sculpture installed near amphitheater


Andrew Kline’s sculpture—Springs Eternal—is permanently installed in the Heart of Cedar Springs.


By Judy Reed

A new piece of artwork was added to the Heart of Cedar Springs area last weekend—one that hints at a bright future for the town.

Sculptor Andrew Kline

Local resident and sculptor Andrew Kline installed his sculpture titled “Springs Eternal” near the amphitheater, which is currently under construction just off W. Maple Street, behind the Cedar Springs Public Library.

Kline is the Assistant Conservator at Fredrick Meijer Gardens. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 2010 with a degree in sculpture, and has been with FMG for the last three years. He has a side business in conservation work, and is involved in all things pertaining to sculpture—including creating them. He has exhibited them not only in Michigan, but also in Indiana, Illinois, and both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Post asked Kline how he got his inspiration for the sculpture. “When I make a sculpture, I let the material speak to me,” he explained. “It’s a dialogue between us. It’s spontaneous. Whatever comes out is what it is. It dictates itself.” He noted that the abstract nature of the piece would allow the viewer to create his or her own interpretation.

The sculpture was previously exhibited at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, then was on display at Crystal Mountain for a couple of years. Kline explained that the lease was up there, and it needed a new location, and he wondered if it could be something that could be used in the Heart of Cedar Springs behind the library. It was purchased by the Community Building Development Team and is now permanently installed.

Kline felt the sculpture was a good fit for the site. “It sits on the site of a former steel foundry, and the sculpture is made of steel, so it’s drawing a connection to Cedar Springs’ past,” he explained. “And the name—Springs Eternal—hints at Cedar Springs’ bright and flourishing future.”

To view more of Kline’s work, visit his website at www.heavymetalsculpture.com.


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Charity ball raises funds for heart & vascular center


GREENVILLE– On Saturday, February 11, the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation held its 10th annual Many Hearts, One Mission Charity Ball at the Fredrick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. With over 440 people in attendance, the event featured live music, gourmet dining, live and silent auctions, raffle opportunities and more.

Each year, the proceeds of the Charity Ball are allocated to a specific service area or need within Spectrum Health United or Kelsey hospitals. For 2012, proceeds from the Charity Ball are designated to the Spectrum Health United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center, scheduled to open May 2012. Heart disease is a major threat to the health of Americans.  It is the leading cause of death for men and women. Heart and vascular specialists will treat outpatients in the center and be available for inpatient and emergency consultants. The Heart & Vascular Center includes six physician exam rooms, two cardiovascular ultrasound rooms and two nuclear medicine cameras. The Spectrum Health United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center is a perfect example of collaboration between the hospital, specialists, and community members to open doors to greater care, both now and into the future.

Annually, the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation honors a community member who exhibits extraordinary commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy. While announced each October at the Spirit of Caring Dinner, the honoree is celebrated and commended for their dedication to the community at the Charity Ball. William T. Ham is the recipient of the 2012 Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award.

“Bill is truly an asset to our hospitals. We are grateful for the time and dedication he has provided to our organization,” said Tina Freese-Decker, President, Spectrum Health United Memorial.

The Charity Ball plays a vital role in United Hospital’s strategic plan for growth.  “Not only does it raise financial support for services and technology, it brings together members of the community around a common purpose: quality health care that’s close to home,” said Freese.

“To everyone who contributed to the success of the United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center, many thanks for your generosity and dedication.  We will continue to work toward bringing the very best in services, technology and specialists to Greenville, Lakeview and the surrounding communities.”

 

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