The City of Sterling Heights is celebrating its newest piece of public art — a stunning mural that now beautifies the backside of BP Gas Station, located at Dodge Park & Utica Roads.
The City commissioned local mural artist Wendy Popko for the piece that was installed on the south-facing wall of BP, and will soon be visible for anyone visiting the new Recreation Center set to open in 2020.
A resident of Sterling Heights, Wendy is a visual artist with experience in customized murals, pet portraits, illustrations, stamp designs, canvas paintings, and area rugs. This recent mural of a Mama Bear and her cub, represents the Marshall Fredrick sculpture in front of the Sterling Heights Public Library. The Mama Bear and cub represent family, the wavy lines represent the Clinton River that runs throughout this city, and the globe in the center represents the City's cultural diversity.
Who: Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor, members of the Sterling Heights City Council, members of the Sterling Heights Arts Commission, City Manager Mark Vanderpool, Mural Artist Wendy Popko.
What: A ribbon cutting to officially honor the City of Sterling Heights’ newest mural and encourage public engagement with the new artwork.
Where: Mural location: BP Gas Station, 40375 Utica Road, at Dodge park Road; attendees can park in front of the Police Department to walk across Dodge Park Road at the crosswalk.
When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 18
Media with questions or those looking to schedule an interview can contact Community Relations at 586-446-2470.