Winter Moon, an 11-foot-tall, 10-foot-wide sculpture made from brushed aluminum, stands at the corner of North Main and East North streets in downtown Fostoria. It is one of eight sculptures brought to the city by the Midwest Sculpture Initiative. (Photo by Morgan Manns)

FOSTORIA — “Winter Moon,” an 11-foot-tall, 10-foot-wide sculpture made from brushed aluminum, now stands at the corner of North Main and East North streets across from the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce/Fostoria Economic Development Corporation.

The sculpture was created by Ray Katz and is one of eight pieces installed in various locations throughout Fostoria, from Perry Street through Main Street. The sculptures were placed there through the Midwest Sculpture Initiative and will remain in place for a year.

Fostoria has been chosen as one of 16 host communities for a public outdoor art exhibit through the sculpture initiative.

Katz, of Pontiac, Michigan, was born and raised in Detroit. According to his biography, his passion for sculpting began during his seminal development as an artist. He is best known for his large-scale metal sculpture.

“I combine geometric and organic elements to create compositions that convey the kinetic energy implied in my work,” he said in his artist statement. “I use abstract manipulation of form and shape in space to create visual balance, using rhythm, action and movement. … Through the creative process a hierarchy of elements become symbols for ideas that are a tribute to the transcendental experience we all share in common, and in the transcendent experiences inherent in life’s journey.”

Katz has exhibited sculptures publicly and privately throughout the MidWest, Mid-South and overseas in Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan.

All sculptures in the exhibit are available for sale. If a piece sells while on display in Fostoria, the Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau will receive a commission to likely be used toward future sculpture exhibits.

“Winter Moon” is available for $25,000.

The other seven sculptures in Fostoria include:

  • “Dark Energy” by Toni Lucadello of Fostoria
  • “Promise To Flower” by Ric Leichliter of Sugar Grove, Ohio
  • “Glass Totems 4 and 11” by Todd Kime of Ottawa Hills, Ohio
  • “Summer” by Pamela Reithmeier of Monclova, Ohio
  • “Skate Horse” by Jonathan Bowling of Greenville, North Carolina
  • “Blue Sky Wedge” by Glenn Zweygardt of Alfred Station, New York
  • “Copper Moon” by Michael Magnotta

Midwest Sculpture Initiative exhibits serve to increase awareness of the visual arts, assert that a community is forward-thinking and energetic, improve the quality of life, dress up the urban landscape and provide artists with a venue to showcase and sell their work.

“I thought participation in this initiative would be a unique opportunity to bring something new and different to our community — not only for our residents, but also for our visitors,” Michele Cochran, community development/tourism director, said. “It’s something to add some interest.”