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Man in the City

Man-in-the-city-2Dates: July, 2014 – October, 2016

Location: Rooftops throughout northern Michigan.
Check out the Man in the City Map!

The Man in the City Sculpture Project is comprised of 40 sculptures currently displayed on the rooftops throughout the city of Detroit and Windsor.  John Sauvé created the Man in the City Project in 2008 and has exhibited it on New York City’s Highline and most recently on New York City’s Governors Island.  In 2014, Man in the City came “Up North” As part of Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Detroit @ CTAC exhibit.  There are approximately 25 sculptures installed throughout northern Michigan. The Man in the City Project creates a metaphor for life that transforms the skyline and encourages people to look around. In the discovery process one becomes aware of their own sense of place within the city.

John Sauvé, born in 1963 in Detroit, is an American artist and arts educator.  His medium is sculpture and printmaking and has achieved national and international recognition.  He was awarded a grant from the Mark Ecko Foundation in 2010 for his work Man in the City, the first public sculpture exhibit installed on the Highline in New York City.  John Sauvé previously worked for Michigan Commission on Art in Public Places and studied art history and arts administration at Michigan State University.

Man in the City is on the move! Grand Traverse area installations are happening now.

Learn more about the Man in the City Project.

For sponsorship information or to become a Man in the City location, contact Cindy McSurely.


Upcoming Man in the City Events

Join us for one of these special events at the Man in the City host venues:


Man in the City CTACMan on the Road 

Thursday, June 11, 2015–

Guests boarded a bus and spent the day traveling across Northwest Michigan to various Man in the City sites with artist, John Sauvé, for tastings and behind the scenes tours.  We checked cool historical sites, met area chefs, artists and community leaders.


2014 Man in the City Events:

Sheplers installMan in the City Special Event!  Man in the City Meets Mackinac: A Day for the Whole Family!

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Guests enjoyed a private Mighty Mac Tour with Captain Chris Shepler followed by an afternoon touring the Man in the City host sites–Gate House of the Grand Hotel and Mission Point Resort.

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