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Darci M
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Sculpture installation

the project

The world's largest brown trout sculpture will recognize the historical significance of brown trout in the Village of Baldwin.  The artwork will focus on the significance and community pride in being the first place in North America to have brown trout introduced. The sculpture will also provide an appropriate site for ceremonial activities at the Village of Baldwin.  The objective is to create the World's Largest Brown Trout sculpture. 

Finished sculpture will be 25' tall, 8' feet in diameter at the widest point, and will weigh approximately 800 to 1,000 pounds. The sculpture base will be 4' in diameter and 8' tall. 

As of 2/20/2017 donations have totaled $45,050, including the $1,460 that has been donated via IOBY. 

the steps

  • Baldwin DDA has sent out a call to artists and based on proposals has selected the artist who will design, build and install the sculpture.  The artist will be Ivan Iler from St Johns MI.  
  • Baldwin DDA has hired a landscape architect to do the design of the grounds that will go around the sculpture once it is in placed.
  • Baldwin DDA is currently raising money for this project and will relay heavily on donations of any size. 
  • Bronze level donors and above will be recognized on-site for their donation. 

why we're doing it

Baldwin DDA is do this to raise the awareness of the brown trout introduction in North America and the Village of Baldwin by providing a tourist attraction that will draw people to the area. 


As of 5/8/2017, we have $49,305 collected or pledged outside of the IOBY site bringing our total to $52,615. Thank you to all of our generous donors.


DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 10.2.17):

RAISED = $3,310.00
ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
Payment Processing Fee (3%) $95.39



SUBTOTAL = $25,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $750
TOTAL TO RAISE = $25,785



Sculpture installation

The sculpture was installed on 5/6/2018 and looks wonderful.  


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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  • Jane Allison
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  • Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber
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  • Robert Toland Consulting
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