Leslee's Smile, steel sculpture

$4,975 of $22,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 37 months
Valerie Mann
on behalf of Friends of Henne Field
 SALINE, MI
Friends of Henne Field (a 501c3, non-profit group) is asking for donations to pay for a large-scale public sculpture fabricated in honor of Leslee Niethammer.  The money will be used to purchase materials, pay for subcontracting, design, fabrication and installation of the sculpture.  Funds need to be raised by August 1.  The piece will be installed by the end of November. 

A quote from sculptor Valerie Mann: 

"When I found out the extent of Leslee Niethammer’s  cancer diagnosis, my first impulse was to grieve.  My second impulse was to create a sculpture in honor of her.  My goal was to make a maquette, propose the idea to her and have her name the piece.  She was tickled with the design and we had fun conversations about the piece and the details – the fact that the glass in the final sculpture will cast color onto the concrete below when the light shines through, not to mention pretty interesting shadows.  I told her the piece reminded me of a smile. 

The initial shape of the piece, before the addition of glass, came from a project I had worked on with 10 grade-school kids, during the school year of 2014 – 15.  We co-designed an 8-foot steel sculpture for their apartment complex.  The half-circle pieces were part of a tree (think Dr. Seuss-type trees).  I liked the shape so much by itself and the way it sat on the ground that I thought it would make a great, large, stand-alone sculpture.

The piece reminds me of a smile, not only because the design process with the grade school kids was a joyous process, but because of that smile Leslee was always so quick to pull out during conversation. 

Leslee and I spoke about the sculpture proposal and about how I wanted her to title it just days before she went to hospice.  She never did get to title it, but I’m so glad she got to see the design and give her blessing. "
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Thanks to Katherine Downie and her article in the Saline Post! She included a link to this campaign, so I'm giving an update. We have about $7,000 of our total goal. We'll be applying for a CARES grant in September for the balance of the budget. Thanks in advance for your support, no matter the amount!
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Last night for our campaign! So if you've been thinking about it.....NOW'S THE TIME!
Help us build this sculpture in honor of our dear Leslee Niethammer and all of the cool things she did for our community that we will continue to enjoy for years to come.
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Only a couple of days left in our Go Fund Me campaign - THANKS to everyone who's donated, shared or liked the campaign - every bit of positive effort counts! We are excited to move forward with this project in honor of Leslee!
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Thanks to all of you who've donated so far via Go Fund Me AND check and cash, we've surpassed $6,000! With support from the Saline Arts and Cultural Committee that gets us even closer to our goal. Please share this campaign with anyone who knew Leslee, lives or lived in Saline and loves public sculpture. Also, folks may donate via check and mail it to:
Friends of Henne Field
199 W. Michigan Ave.
Saline, MI 48176
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$4,975 of $22,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 37 months
Created June 11, 2016
Valerie Mann
on behalf of Friends of Henne Field
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SC
$25
Sue Collins
10 months ago

Community !

JM
$25
Jill Morey
10 months ago
SG
$25
Sheila Graziano
35 months ago

Leslee's smile was worth more than dollars can express. Accept this small contribution to your wonderful project... the playful and colorful nature of this art is just wonderful!

DM
$100
Dan Murphy
35 months ago

Just saw this - Good Luck!

$100
Anonymous
35 months ago
LE
$50
Linda Eye
35 months ago
$100
Anonymous
35 months ago
$250
Vey & Cheryl Valentine
35 months ago
$100
Carol Melcher
35 months ago
LS
$50
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35 months ago
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