Oracle I

  • Jerome Soble - Orchard Lake
  • aluminum and stained glass
The Oracle series was designed to intrigue the viewer with motion, color and shape. Bronze and stainless steel are well suited for conventional sculpture, but aluminum and stained glass are the ingredients that allow Soble to express his love for this particular art form.

Donations to Help Purchase Oracle I

The Sterling Heights Art Commission and Sterling Heights Community Foundation are embarking on a “landmark” effort to make one of the city’s most popular sculptures a permanent part of the SterlingScapes outdoor art and sculpture exhibit in the Sterling Heights City Center.
The Oracle -
“Oracle 1” (estimated worth $15,000) has graced the SterlingScapes Public Art Exhibit on the city center grounds since 2008. The sculpture, which was on loan from renowned Michigan artist Jerome Soble, is designed from a combination of aluminum and stained glass. Soble’s inspiration was to intrigue the viewer with motion, color and shape. The blue, yellow and red inner piece of the sculpture turns as the wind blows.

In the 3 years since it has been on display, “Oracle I” has become a focal point of the City Center and a favorite among children who interact with the whimsical piece by spinning its three glass arms. Acknowledging its popularity and importance to the entire SterlingScapes Exhibit, the artist has offered the piece to the Sterling Heights Cultural Commission at a generously charitable price of $4,000. The commission now needs your help to purchase this unique piece of art!

We are asking for a donation to help secure this sculpture for Sterling Heights residents today and tomorrow. Your tax-deduction contribution may come in any amount and should be addressed to:
The Sterling Heights Community Foundation (Oracle 1 purchase)
P.O. Box 7023
Sterling Heights, MI 48311-7023

Your contribution can help the Sterling Heights Cultural Commission and Sterling Heights Community Foundation complete its mission of enhancing art and culture within the City of Sterling Heights. Contributors will have their names placed on a plaque at the base of the sculpture as a way to permanently thank those who support the arts in Sterling Heights.

Contributions raised in excess of $4,000 will be placed in a fund held by the Sterling Heights Community Foundation for future arts projects sponsored by the Cultural Commission.

Oracle I Contributors

  • Sharon Arend
  • Charles & Josephine Berthet
  • John Dinka DDS
  • Dooley's Tavern
  • Grace Christian Church
  • Gary Isom
  • Majid & Susan Kattula
  • Gayle Naiman
  • Mayor Richard J. Notte
  • Gerald & Patricia Rowe
  • St. Francis-St. Maximilian Catholic Church
  • St. Mary Mystical Rose Church
  • Donald & Ruth Schinzing
  • Thaddeus & Marsha Stanek
  • SterlingFAST
  • Utica Van Dyke Services, LLC
  • Thomas & Frances Wallace
  • Robert Wright & Rosemary Tharrett