They’re a group of five women who have come together and bonded over their love of art. Some of them are retired art teachers, while others simply love different mediums like watercolor paintings, drawing, and even pottery. The five women are Terri Barto, Jeanne Butterfield, Mary Wahr, Lynn Williams, and Chris Wucherer.

The Lamplighter harks back to the early days when the streets of most towns and cities were lit by gas lamps. By means of long poles, ladders, and even tall bikes, these lamps had to be lit each night as dusk turned to darkness. Lamplighters provided not only light but also safety in their communities. More than just a job, these harbingers of light represent a way of life: illuminating darkness.

The Lamplighter sculpture is constructed with dozens of antiquated tools and man-made artifacts in a grand gesture to this humble worker. You are invited to pedal the bikes to generate light.  This illumination is a nod to the light that we all carry within us. The Lamplighter symbolizes a collective connection to spread that light.

The Lamplighter will be on display from Dec. 4 through Jan. 3 on River Street by the Manistee Municipal Marina in downtown Manistee.

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