Permanent Projects

Dream Big
Brenda Ehly


DREAM BIG, depicts a cohort of ants embarking upon a routine mission. While the majority immediately get down to the business of meeting their quotas and the expectations of those back home, a lone ant dares to dream on a grander scale in the face of at least one doubter.  Each ant has a role to play.  Achieving even the mundane and expected requires a sturdy resolve.  The day-to-day check-lists of life can sometimes feel like pushing a boulder (or an olive, depending on one’s stature) uphill. 

Dylan Ross


THE COSMIC TUNNEL  located at Bunten Road Park is an interactive and educational mural that shows the size and spatial relationship between the planets of our solar system, as well as their orbital paths.  Not just planets, but stars, nebulas, asteroids, and space dust are also found throughout the mural. By using metallic, neon, and glow-in-the-dark paints, as well as the corrugated surface, we were able to create a piece of art that evolves and changes as your walk below it and looks differently under different lighting.


THE PHOENIX represents how Duluth is rising as a public art venue and a creative community outside the perimeter.  This piece of art was sponsored by the Duluth Public Arts Commission.

The Dream Keepers

Kathy Fincher


To read more about the dream keepers public art project, visit the Duluth Fine Arts League (DFAL) website.

Main Street Wall Project


With the new main street streetscape came new, concrete retaining walls. These temporary graphics create interest in the space, giving the beautiful vines planted along the sidewalk a chance to grow up the walls.

The City of Duluth’s Gateway Art Piece “Ascension”
Michael Dillon
Sponsored by AGCO Corporation

Ascension Photo

Duluth and AGCO Corporation are proud to introduce the City's New Gateway Art Piece "Ascension." The sculpture is located at the roundabout on McClure Bridge Road. The City is thrilled to have a third piece of permanent public art. "It's really about bringing prosperity and values of worth as well as patriotism to the City of Duluth," said Artist Michael Dillon.

The artwork displays Duluth's rich history as a strong & humble farming community and continues its legacy by reaping and harvesting the fruits of our labors through the strength and perseverance embodied in our community today. Reflecting the Spirit of Duluth, Dillon's design lifts the labors of our past, sowing seeds of opportunity for today & carrying Duluth to greater heights for tomorrow. Michael says, “In developing a public artwork for the citizens of Duluth, and to honor its generous donor AGCO, my goal was to center the theme to a design that speaks to Duluth’s history as a farming community.”  The artwork is also a symbol that “ascends” and reflects this community’s strong values of today and inspiring vision for tomorrowAGCO is a mirror of this spirit.  As a vital member of Duluth’s community, this Fortune 200 Company has industriously transformed world agriculture through advancing today’s and tomorrow’s version of the plow.­­­

 "In a changing environment, this piece of art represents stability and sustainability here in Duluth," said Mayor Nancy Harris. This initial site-specific project is one of many public art pieces the City hopes to commission to enhance the beauty and culture of Duluth and the surrounding areas. The City has formed the Duluth Public Art Commission (DPAC) to further Duluth’s mission of cultivating the arts.

About the Artist:

Creating sculpture for public spaces is Michael Dillon's passion. As an artist/blacksmith living and working in North Georgia, he has more than 20 years' experience creating both functional and sculptural works of art. Michael builds hand forged stair railings, gates, sculpture and furniture for distinguished homes in Atlanta, and abroad. During the past 5 years, Michael has expanded his career into the public art arena, creating several large¬-scale sculptures. Michael finds joy in the balance of creating both architectural ironwork and distinctive sculptures. His peers have long recognized his work, and this past year he received the acclaimed Phillip Trammel Shutze award for craftsmanship in classical architecture. Michael's public work is modern, and narrative. He researches each community and tells a story incorporating their past, present, and hopes for the future.

About AGCO Corporation:

The generous donation for this initial project is from AGCO Corporation (, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural equipment and Fortune 200 Company, whose corporate headquarters is located in Duluth. AGCO distributes their products in more than 140 countries worldwide and is a publicly traded company with additional locations in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia Pacific. "It is important to AGCO to be good citizens in the communities where we and our customers operate. We are proud to support the city that has been our home for almost 20 years," said Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President, and CEO of AGCO.
Description of Landscaping: Designed to complement and emphasize the sculpture’s message, the landscape has been designed as a beautiful, sustainable work of art itself. Raised “Furrows”, composed of boulders, stones, raised mounds of dirt, and mulch surrounds the front of the sculpture, as if being perpetually plowed. Native grasses are tucked in pockets throughout the furrows and boulder groupings, ensuring attractive color is present in the space year-round, thus providing an unconventional landscape to emphasize the message found within the piece. The furrows transition to a manicured, colorful garden on the sides and rear of the installation. This transition echoes Duluth’s economic, and social growth over time. 

Living HoNorarium

LivingHonorarium (1)

THE LIVING HONORARIUM was commissioned to honor the living veterans of all branches, PD, FIRE & EMS.



THE EASTERN CONTINENTAL DIVIDE marks showing if water will flow into the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico.



THE CIITY HALL MOSAICS depict historic Duluth landmarks, buildings and events.


ArtsTalk: Ascension (around 14 min mark) from TVgwinnett on Vimeo.

Video of Ascension Installation
"Video of some of the Pieces of the Sculpture
Video of Michael Dillon at his shop, Dillon Forge
Call to Artists
Gateway Art Project Committee Bios

Agendas & Minutes