Ivan Iler is a Michigan-based artist who specializes in metal fabrication, and is particularly interested in outdoor public art. “The idea that people will see and interact with my work long after I’m gone inspires me more than anything else.” Ivan has many irons in the fire in terms of the mediums he uses — sometimes even literally iron in the fire! Sculpting, carving, engraving, metal fabrication (including blacksmith), painting, leather smith, drafting and mechanical design to name a few, as well as his daily work as a motorcycle engineer and fabricator at his small shop in St. Johns, Michigan — Hammer In Hand Custom Cycles.
Continuing the tradition of commissioning a piece of public art each year, the Big Rapids Festival of the Arts is pleased to present Ivan Iler, as he discusses the new sculpture and his creative process, as he goes from initial conception to final installation on the island in the Muskegon River behind the Big Rapids Middle School.
Following the presentation, light refreshments will be served.