The frozen waters of Teal Lake is the location for a brand new art installation, at least until the ice melts.
NMU and area high school students, along with artists from Material Exchange, a Chicago-based artist collaborative, finished a design challenge for the Superior Watershed Partnership.
They were asked to create a public art piece that will also function as a fish habitat using reused materials. The outcome was a turtle made from pieces of a retired boat.
"It's kind of poetic that it's going to return back to the water," says DeVos Art Museum Director Melissa Matuscak, "because that was what it originally was--a boat."
The piece will sit on the ice until it melts, and when that happens, it will sink to the bottom of the lake and serve as a fish habitat.
The project is in conjunction with the "Recycled Art" exhibition at NMU's DeVos Art Museum.