The St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee hope a lighthouse community art project will be a beacon for visitors to the city this summer.
Members of the committee recently announced the project which will place 24 uniquely decorated lighthouses throughout St. Clair Shores.
"People think of (St. Clair Shores) is synonymous with the lake we are on, and we thought a lighthouse would be a good project," said Bob Fetter, member of the committee. "It will showcase the community pride and creativity of our citizens and our community."
The project is similar to the frogs displayed in Grosse Pointe and sheep in Rochester in recent years.
But this will be a St. Clair Shores-specific project. The lighthouses are 52 inches tall, and were designed specifically for this project by local artist Dennis Garascia.
Each lighthouse, which includes the St. Clair Shores logo at the base of the sculpture, is being reproduced free-of-charge by the Plasterers and Cement Masons Union Local 514 as part of their apprenticeship program.
The lighthouses will be delivered unfinished to sponsors, and decorated by local artists. They will be on display from June to September.
Three of the lighthouses will be given to the city, and one will be given to each school district, to decorate. The remaining 18 are available to sponsored for $500 each. The sponsor will have an option of keeping the Lighthouse as a keepsake or donating it to the charity auction.
For additional information about the program, or to sponsor a lighthouse, contact Fetter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (586) 764-0931.