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Posted on: November 24, 2017

[ARCHIVED] City of Sterling Heights to unveil “The Seed” sculpture created by Detroit Design Center artists

The Seed rendering

The City of Sterling Heights re-launched its Public Art Program in 2017, building on decades of support and investment for public art around the City.

The first piece of the new program will be installed in the traffic circle at Dodge Park and Utica Roads, a very prominent and visible location for maximum public viewing opportunities.

The piece, called “The Seed,” was designed and created by Erik and Israel Nordin, the artists behind the incredibly successful Detroit Design Center. The Nordin brothers are also Sterling Heights natives; their mother, Elayne Nordin, is a former member of the Sterling Heights Arts Commission.

“The Seed” is 26-feet tall, the tallest sculpture to date to come out of the Detroit Design Center (tied only with the “Menorah in the D” piece in Detroit). “The Seed” is made with steel and blown glass that will patina over time to create a unique and beautiful look. The leaves of the piece are filled with a varying gradient of green glass, which when lit at night, will look fantastic to viewers.

Who: Sterling Heights City Council and Art Commission, Erik and Israel

Nordin, Members of the media, Sterling Heights residents and art enthusiasts

What: Ribbon cutting to celebrate the installation of “The Seed”

Where: Piece to be installed: Center of Dodge Park/Utica Road traffic circle

Viewing and ribbon cutting location: from Sterling Heights City Campus

adjacent to Upton House (address is City Hall, 40555 Utica Road)

When: 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28

(Rain Date: Wednesday, Nov. 29)

Media with questions or those looking to schedule an interview can contact Community Relations Director Bridget Kozlowski at (586) 446-2471 or email To learn more about the Detroit Design Center or the Nordin brothers, visit 

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