Andersons Metal Sculpture

City plaque honors ‘Water Dance’ sculptor

February 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Recently the City of Rockford installed a plaque recognizing Steve Anderson of Anderson’s Metal Sculpture. Squire readers will recall last May’s installation of the beautiful stainless steel “Water Dance” sculpture on the face of the Rockford Dam. Located above the three-fish sculpture, the plaque honors the sculptor for his work of art and his generous donation of all labors in bringing “Water Dance” to life. Also recognized were the Downtown Development Authority, the Rockford Area Arts Commission, and the City of Rockford for their financial support in part. “Water Dance” has transformed the face of the dam and has been enjoyed by countless visitors since its installation. An informal survey conducted by The Rockford Squire following the installation indicates that most viewers believe the cement wall background of the sculpture should be painted to showcase and make “Water Dance” more highly visible. In viewing the sculpture from the dam overlook or the Bridge Street bridge, one finds the work of art blending into the background. A background color suggested most often was “flat black.” Most believed that the gleaming stainless steel fish would really “pop” leaping against a black background. What do you think? Call the Squire office at (616) 866-4465 and give us your opinion.

Letters to the Editor – December 10, 2009

December 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Pool used by many for health Dear Editor, We have heard a rumor that the swimming pool housed at the Rockford Middle School is to be closed due to lack of funds. It is my understanding that this is a “community” pool, for which 1 mil was voted in by the public for maintenance of this pool. For health reasons a lot of us go twice a week or more fo water aerobics. We are senior citizens trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We would be at a loss if this pool closes, especially with the millage already voted in for this. I truly hope someting can be done to prevent this closure. Marilyn J. Cole, Rockford resident Don’t close school pool Dear Editor, I and about 10 to 12 others swim twice a week at the North Rockford Middle School pool in the “Aqua-Flex” class. This is primarily attended by those who use this as a rehabilitation following surgery and for those who just want to keep mobile. It has been mentioned that the school is intending to close this pool due to finances and hold the classes at the high school. This is very unfavorable to our group who need the warmer water as the high school pool is very cool. I remember that when this school was built the Krause family donated the pool. However, the taxpayers voted to pay the necessary costs for maintenance. If this is still happening, why does the pool have to be closed? Please, school board members, reconsider this motion. Bonnie Miller, Belmont resident REF concert expected to sell out Dear Editor, Cliff and Nancy, this is AMAZING! I LOVE the article and I am so grateful to you both for writing it. You two certainly have a gift for writing. Tickets have been selling very well, and once this edition of the Squire reaches Rockford residents, I will expect a sell-out by mid December. Thank you so very much. Sue Arend, Rockford Education Foundation Anderson thanks Squire Dear Editor, I must tell you, I’ve had countless writings done about my work and myself over the last 34 years. And it’s not just because this sculpture is so grand on so many scales and will have an impact on so […]