HANCOCK - One of the purposes of the Ryan Street Community Garden is to make use of material that might otherwise end up in a landfill, and to that end, a recently-completed entry arch at the garden uses items found at a scrap metal business.
Rick Loduha, inventive reuse designer, said he and metal artist Dave Sarazin put together the entryway after Barb Hardy, Ryan Street Community Garden coordinator, asked him if he'd be interested in the project. After he agreed, he contacted Sarazin.
"He's done some wonderful work," Loduha said. "I realized I needed a collaborator."
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Rick Loduha, wearing glasses, Barb Hardy and David Sarazin look over the recently completed arch at the Ryan Street Community Garden in Hancock. Loduha and Sarazin constructed the arch from scrap metal.
Hardy said the entry is an effort to make the garden aesthetically pleasing. Other projects were a wooden garden shed built by Mark Salo, and an appliqu mural on the garden wall created by Joyce Koskenmaki.
"This is only one element of the project," she said of the arch.
Hardy said there is also a plan to erect a bulletin board next to the arch and line the front of the garden along Ryan Street with plantings.
"We're trying to incorporate local artists and craft people," she said.
The arch is constructed from half a metal spool for fiber optic cable, the remnants of a metal trellis, a metal gear, a rotor from a clutch or disc brake, a water faucet handle, and other items.
There are small round lengths of metal bent into undulating shapes, which Loduha said are intended to look organic.
"We spent days on a vise bending stuff," he said.
Sarazin said the difficulty factor for the bending varied.
"Some were easy, some were hard," he said.
Hardy said the garden is an effort of the Finlandia University and city of Hancock Campus and Community: Together for Good. The land the for the garden belongs to Finlandia, and Hancock donated organic material to build the raised garden beds. The city supplies water for the garden, also.
The arch was built using money from a Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs mini-grant, Hardy said. Other donations and support came from the Finlandia University International School of Art & Design, where Loduha is an instructor and Sarazin a student, Finlandia facilities management crews, LJJ Construction, which poured the foundation for the arch, Hancock Department of Public Works, and garden volunteers.
Businesses involved with the project include Julio Marine and Salvage, Industrial Graphics, which made the lettering on the arch, McGann Building Supply, and Risto's Hardware.
Hardy said the garden is in its second year and residents are supporting it well.
"It's doing pretty good," she said.
There is a waiting list to get into the garden, Hardy said.
"People are responsible for their own plot," she said.