A new art piece was installed in downtown Fenton at the top of Gazebo Park this year. Residents Gerry and Kay Willey, owners of Fenton Home Furnishings, donated the funds to the city to acquire the sculpture called “Stainless Steel Butterfly,” according to Michael Hart, assistant city manager and Downtown Development Authority director.
The 100 percent stainless steel butterfly, which stands 9½ feet high and just over 9 feet wide and weighs around 700 pounds, was created by Ohio native and internationally known artist James Havens.
“We are thrilled that Gerry and Kay Willey have generously donated the funds to acquire the beautiful butterfly sculpture for our wonderful city. This donation will be an anchor in the proposed butterfly garden the city is looking to develop. The people of Fenton thank the Willeys for their investment and dedication to this great city we all call home!” Mayor Sue Osborn says.
“Stainless steel reflects light at different times of the day, causing the sculpture to look different colors.” —John Strayer
John Strayer, chairman of the Sculpture Selection Committee and Downtown Development Authority board member, explains that over the years, Havens’ works have been some of the most complimented. “James Havens is a retired steel union worker from Toledo and he explained to me that he really enjoyed working with steel for several reasons. The main one is because stainless steel reflects light at different times of the day, causing the sculpture to look different colors. Even at night the headlights and streetlights reflect off the metal, creating a unique look.”
Havens’ other sculptures in Fenton are located in front of Fenton-Winegarden Library, “The Librarian,” and in front of the Fenton Community and Cultural Center, “The Phoenix.”