Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville

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The Michigan Legacy Art Park is a 30-acre (120,000 m2) outdoor sculpture park located near Thompsonville, Michigan, on the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort. It is open year-round and includes 40 works of art and 1.6 miles (2.6 km) of hiking trails.

The Michigan Legacy Art Park was founded in 1995 by artist David Barr. It is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Barr was awarded the Governor's Michigan Artist Award in 1988. In his acceptance speech, he told the audience of his desire to create a Michigan Art Park – a place where artists could tell the story of our state in and through the fundamental materials of nature. In his assessment of our state at that time, there was something missing – a place that expresses Michigan's history through the arts. Illustrations or artifacts of that history already existed, but he wanted contemporary artists to bring that history to fresh and vivid life.
Michigan Legacy Art Park inspires awareness, appreciation and passion for Michigan's history, culture and environment through the arts. The mission is primarily fulfilled through an outdoor sculpture collection that expresses Michigan's history and extensive educational opportunities.
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  • I was here with my daughter and it was great walk in the woods. The art was interesting. The hike was a little more strenous than we thought it would be, but nothing crazy as we have both been...  more »
  • enjoyed walk and art. is up hill, recommend real shoes. places to sit, relax and talk. would go back again if in area.  more »
  • A nicely shaded hike full of unique art pieces. You can easily spend 2 hours wandering. The first 1/4 mile strip is relatively flat, but be warned there are some steep inclined/declines in the further loops. These trails are maintained via nonprofit so make sure to drop some money in the tube before you start.
  • This place is amazing to spend time with your family and friends there is a lot to see and different trails that you can choose to hike with maps and pamphlets to explain all of the exhibits. You reach the top and have gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape and all sorts of hunts and games you can play while walking through the trails it is a lot of fun for everybody. They also have tubes buried that you can talk through from one area to someone in an earlier area and again just all-around fun for everybody

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