Detroit’s Broder & Sachse Real Estate along with the College for Creative Studies, Midtown Detroit, Inc. and several guests celebrated the real estate development company’s 25th anniversary Nov. 7 with the installation of a new sculpture in Detroit’s New Center Park.
The sculpture, called Divergence, was designed and fabricated by CCS student Adriana Ohar as part of Broder & Sachse’s “Influence of Innovation” contest.
“We wanted to mark our 25th year by asserting our commitment to exceptional developments in Detroit and to this community, and the contest in partnership with CCS and Midtown Detroit allowed us to bring this anniversary to life in a special way,” said Richard Broder, CEO of Broder & Sachse Real Estate. “Giving a young, talented artist like Adriana the space for a permanent installation in New Center Park is representative of the legacy we are trying to leave in the city and something we know Detroiters will enjoy for years to come.”
Through “The Influence of Innovation” contest, Ohar and other CCS students were asked to channel the spirit of Broder & Sachse’s commitment to the City of Detroit, with a design concept capturing the essence of the company’s innovative approach to development in the city. Visitors to New Center park can find the sculpture in the round fountain bed adjacent to the performance pavilion on the northeast corner of the park. New Center Park, located at 2998 W. Grand Blvd., is owned and operated by Midtown Detroit, Inc.
Ohar received a $10,000 material and build budget to bring her sculpture to life, as well as a $5,000 scholarship prize package. An additional $2,000 in scholarship prizes was awarded to other competition finalists. Erika Williams’ design was second place, while another design from Ohar received third place recognition. Honorable mentions were awarded to Alexis Bratto, Julia Leone and Toomas Toomepuu.