Southfield City Centre Art Tour

Bike. Walk. Run. Smile. Enjoy the Southfield City Centre Trail System.

Southfield City Centre Art Tour

Southfield, Michigan 48076, United States

Created By: Southfield City Centre

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Public art creates contemplative spaces along the trail and enhances the beauty of the landscape. Through creative use of non-public funds, the City of Southfield has acquired several notable sculptures from the former Northland Center, and many have been installed along the trail system. Just outside the Southfield Public Library, take some time with “Peacock” by Arthur Kraft and Gwen Lux. Just inside the entrance, you can’t miss Marshall Fredericks’ “Boy and Bear.”

Enjoy the Southfield City Centre through its art installations and leisure walking trails.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Three poles set in a landscaped garden to the north of the entrance to City Hall declare “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in 24 world languages and braille. With a theme of sustainability, the poles represent global peace through the May P... Read more
By Arthur Kraft and Gwen Lux. “Peacock” is a Midcentury period study in sparse use of materials to form a recognizable whole. The tiles are made from an enameled copper, and the bird itself is made from bronze rodstock. Installation ... Read more
By Marshall Fredericks. This 5,000-pound marvel was installed in 2016, and is a favorite of those who remember this sculpture as a landmark in the Northland Center.  Peer through the atrium window to see Boy & Bear, or enter the lobby... Read more
You saw, you came, you conquered: now, you can capture the memory in a selfie! Stop by our renowned "SFLD" letters for a quick and memorable photo op, and be sure to share your snapshot with the tags #SFLD and @southfieldcity!
By Joseph Anthony McDonnell. This piece was commissioned in 1966 by the J.L. Hudson Co. for the Northland Center, where it graced a center courtyard until the mall closed in 2015. It was restored and installed in the fountain of the Southf... Read more
By John Piet, a 35-year resident of Southfield and former art professor at Macomb Community College. The bold 16-foot-tall sculpture is made of steel painted primary red, and is well suited to the center of the Evergreen Road north roundab... Read more
"Striving" evokes the germination of the seven band of colors (in pastel) of the rainbow striving to its ultimate arching form that we all are familiar with. It also represents the eternal hope & desire to come out of the darkness of th... Read more
By HED. Built through the generosity of 3,665 sponsors in a 2017 Patronicity crowdfunding campaign matched by an MEDC Public Spaces, Community Places grant, this interactive forest of 65 red poles, which represent the past, present and fu... Read more
"Endeavor" evokes the germination of nature with its plant-like tendrils twisting out towards the sky. Like young sprouts in the spring, it represents rebirth and renewal. Design services, fabrication and installation by Signgraphix. In... Read more
Eaton first contributed easement so the Trail could extend past its building. Then it contributed additional easement for the butterfly sculpture, which was installed this spring, and the creation of an adjoining pollinator garden, home to ... Read more
By Hubert Massey. A series of concrete triptychs with a community-inspired and built mural that tells the past, present, and future of the City of Southfield. Constructed in Fall 2021.
By Dustin Cook, Sheila Nicolin and Dino Valdez. These linear murals by local artists provide an explosion of color along the new LTU Pathway.
By David Barr. Purchased from the private collection of a Southfield resident by the Friends of Southfield Public Arts this steel sculpture by Michigan modernist David Barr was restored and installed in the large traffic triangle bounded b... Read more
Mary Thompson’s parents and grandparents were pioneers who helped settle Southfield Township. Mary herself went on to make her mark by donating her farm to the city. Here it stands, along with 20 acres of land, to commemorate her family... Read more
By Jay Lefkowitz. Rising 16 feet above its base in the center of the Evergreen Road south roundabout, this piece, fashioned of powder-coated steel, expresses Southfield’s optimism for the future. Lefkowitz is a nationally acclaimed South... Read more
By Romanian-Canadian artist Sorel Etrog. Fun fact: the Canadian Film Award was once known as an “Etrog” as the artist designed the trophy’s statuette. Installation Date: March 2018. ...
By Melvin Leiserowitz. This steel sculpture was commissioned for the city’s 25th anniversary in 1983 and displayed in the rear of the Southfield Municipal Campus before restoration and reinstallation at the main entrance circle of City H... Read more
This piece is very similar to other work done by Betty Jacob Garelick, who we believe is the artist. Miss Jacob, born in Brooklyn and a longtime resident of Detroit, worked in clay, bronze, and wood carving. "She was instructed at the Schoo... Read more


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