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Professor of Fine Arts, Architecture Student Collaborate on 'Freedom is Not Free' Monument in Evart

Ferris State UniversityThe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7979 in Evart, Michigan, will be the site for the unveiling of “Freedom is Not Free,” the latest public art project under Ferris State University’s Aesthetic Engineering academic concept.

Professor of Fine Arts Robert Barnum said the event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the post, which is located at 4681 85th Avenue.

“Logan Wyse, an Architecture student from Lake City, Michigan, created the site design, built around an initial three component sculpture concept,” Barnum said. “His ‘Freedom is Not Free’ design incorporates a UH-1 Huey helicopter, and Logan was on site several times, this summer, addressing site construction needs.”

The monument and memorial have been supported by both the VFW and Amvets Post 11, with the helicopter acquired by the post in May 2016. Barnum created the sculpture components for the project.

“This is a work dedicated to United States veterans, and I believe Logan’s site design is most compelling and unique,” Barnum said. “It will, in no small way, impact thousands of visitors to the monument and memorial in the decades to come.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Ferris State University’s Fine Arts and Architecture programs have lent their support to the creation of “Freedom is Not Free,” a public art project on the grounds of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7979, in Evart, Michigan. The monument and memorial will be unveiled at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.