Sculpture donated for TR walk-through
December 1, 2009 by WLKM
An artistic touch has been added to the “walk-through” at 25 North Main Street in downtown Three Rivers in the form of a sculpture donated by Tom and Jackie Meyer of Three Rivers.
A brief ceremony and picture-taking session Monday afternoon (November 30th) celebrated the recent placement of “Storytime,” a statue that depicts a young adult reading to a child.
Christy Trammell, executive director of the Three Rivers Downtown Development Authority (DDA), read a statement prepared by Meyer that said, “Jackie and I are pleased to donate this statue to the citizens of Three Rivers, especially to the children of Three Rivers. We both think it is very important for parents, grandparents, teachers and other adults to read to children as often as possible. The ability to read well is the foundation of all scholastic education. Hopefully this statue will encourage more children to learn to read better and also encourage more adults to help them in that endeavor.”
“Storytime” is small in stature – not adult-size. Meyer said, “We picked the smaller size intentionally in hopes that it would be more appealing and less intimidating to small children. It is the proper size for children to be able to sit on the bench next to the figure of the woman reading to the child.”
Meyer said, “We picked the walk-through location deliberately because of the visibility and the high pedestrian traffic. It is an added advantage that it is directly across the street from Lowry’s, the best book store in southwestern Michigan.”
“We hope this statue gets a lot of attention and use from children and their parents.”
The statement concluded with these words: LEARN TO READ, TEACH OTHERS TO READ AND REMEMBER TO READ TO YOUR CHILDREN.
Event attendees – in addition to Tom and Jackie Meyer and Trammell – included other members of the Meyer family, Mayor Allen Balog, City Manager Joe Bippus, and two members of the DDA Board of Directors, Patty Lockwood and Doug Mitchell.
The DDA gave the green light for installation of the statue in August after Meyer, a DDA board member and past chairman of the group, showed pictures of the sculpture and said that he and his wife “would like to purchase that and put it in the walk-through.”
The passageway connects the Portage River Parking Plaza to North Main Street. It was developed by Meyer Enterprises and purchased by the DDA last fall.