Hart wins $10k for gigantic tin man sculpture.

May 24, 2022

Hart City Manager Rob Splane, Hart Mayor Vicki Platt and Hart Economic and Community Development Director Nichole Kleiner.

Hart wins $10k for gigantic tin man sculpture.

HART — The City of Hart placed in the top three at the Put Your Town on the Map pitch competition, winning $10,000 toward building a 24-foot tin man sculpture holding a huge heart to be installed downtown.

A panel of judges from the Consumers Energy Foundation and the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) selected the City of Hart as a third place finisher.

“It was an honor to have been selected from over 100 communities that applied for this opportunity,” said Hart Economic and Community Development Director Nichole Kleiner.

The City of Hart was one of nine finalists chosen to present their idea at the rural development conference. Hart’s pitch was to “put the art in Hart,” an initiative that has gained momentum around the community. Specifically, Hart pitched to kick things off by commissioning Bill Secunda, a five-time Art Prize artist/sculptor, to build the gigantic tin man sculpture.

The Put Your Town on the Map competition aims to reward original ideas that attract visitors to downtowns; focus on housing, education, or employment; create community pride; and more.

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