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Monday, Aug. 15, 2022

1st sculpture installed in Art Park area

Michael and Joyce Cross of Van Wert recently sponsored the first sculpture installation in the upcoming Wassenberg Art Park.

Mike and Joyce Cross of Van Wert stand beside the Bandit the Thieving Raccoon, along with artist Dave Tonegatto of Highland Park, Michigan. The Crosses donated Bandit as the first sculpture installation in the Wassenberg Art Park.

Bandit the Thieving Raccoon has been permanently attached to the footbridge crossing Town Creek and will welcome pedestrians as they cross from Central Avenue to the future Wassenberg Art Park. Construction on the park itself is scheduled for mid-April and will feature glow-in-the-dark sidewalks, a grain bin concession stand, a circular green space, and flowering shade structures.

Funds were raised by the community for the patterned, glowing sidewalks by a Go-Fund-Me campaign. A small amphitheater constructed from a shipping container and additional shade structures and interactive sculptures are planned for the future.

For more information on the Wassenberg Art Park, or for those interested in contributing to this unique, downtown development, contact Wassenberg Director Hope Wallace at the number or emails below.

For more information on classes, exhibits, and events call the Wassenberg Art Center at 419.238.6837, email, or access the Wassenberg website  at

POSTED: 03/22/18 at 8:10 am. FILED UNDER: What's Up at Wassenberg?