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Xeriscape Garden Project

"Picking and Planting"
by Don Mitchell
City Hall
Completed 1997

The brightly colored sculpture located in the Xeriscape Garden at City Hall on 300 LaPorte depicts a stylized figure holding a single Mexican Hat Coneflower while standing in a clump of Lewis Flax. Nearby is another clump of three coneflowers. The sculpture elements, which stand 5 feet at the highest, are made from steel plate with a baked-on powder coated finish.

About the Artist

Don Mitchell is a widely collected artist whose works are in collections throughout the United States and abroad, including Mexico, England, Germany, Canada and Belgium. His unique steel and aluminum sculptures spark the imagination in a positive way, leaving the viewer with a smile. Mitchell is a master colorist whose unique images both stimulate and amuse.

The artist was raised in the small rural town of Rochester, Michigan. He attended both Ferris State College and Oakland University, majoring in biology and philosophy. Following a career in engineering and manufacturing, Mitchell started his art career in the mid-1980's and by 1990 he was creating scultures full time.