For Immediate Release


Vince Cavasin/APLAUDD


Joe Breidenstein/Walloon Lake


Detroit Artist Matthew Loflin Davis, Creator of Belle Isle Rock Sculptures, to Create Rock Sculptures in Northern Michigan

Detroit, MI – November 6, 2003 – Detroit artist Matthew Loflin Davis will be creating his popular rock sculptures in the Walloon Lake/Boyne City area of Northern Michigan on the weekend of November 7, 2003.

“Governor Granholm and Mayor Kilpatrick want Detroit to be a cool city that attracts and keeps high-potential employees in Michigan. Art in all its forms is part of such an attraction,” said Davis from his Detroit home.

Davis went on to explain his purpose for making art in northern Michigan: “The Detroit area is rich in arts, culture & history. Northern Michigan shares that acclaim. Creating rock sculptures similar to those on Detroit's Belle Isle in the beautiful environment of Wallon/Boyne will help bring our state closer together. I feel strongly that we have a lot to share with each other throughout Michigan; we all have a common heritage to be proud of. I hope this gesture will help bring us closer together. 

Davis hopes that this is the first of many forays into other parts of the state. “Wherever there are stones to be stacked, I plan to create art, and there are some great opportunities around the state to do this,” he said. Davis has been in contact with a Traverse City area patron who is interested in having a private installation there, and Davis plans to return to the Walloon/Boyne area in the spring to do more stacking. He encourages stone art lovers everywhere to email him at to discuss possible installations elsewhere in the state.

In welcome contrast to Davis’ struggles with the Detroit Recreation department to keep his Belle Isle installation standing, area officials in government and the chamber of commerce in the Boyne/Walloon area are welcoming him, even setting aside public spaces for him to make his art.

Folks of all ages are invited to meet Davis at noon on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Village General Store in Walloon Lake. The artist will discuss rock stacking, and provide lessons while creating some sculptures at the Village beach. Plans call for a similar session in Boyne City at about 3:00 p.m.

Davis, a well-known Detroit-area sculptor and photographer, has received overwhelming public support for his work on Belle Isle—so much so that the Mayor’s office intervened to keep his installation there standing when the Detroit Recreation department threatened to take it down. Davis has been featured several times on WJBK Channel 2 news in Detroit, and his work has been covered by the Detroit Free Press, the Ann Arbor News, the Holland Sentinel, and other newspapers nationally. Several Detroit-area art lovers have commissioned him to do stone and metal sculptures.

For more information on Matthew Loflin Davis and his work, visit For more information on APLAUDD: Art for Public Life And Urban Development in Detroit, a group that Davis co-founded, visit


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