Commemorative Sculpture Will Celebrate Anniversary of Bay City and Sister City

Bay City will celebrate 60 years of friendship with its sister city, Ansbach, Germany this year.

To commemorate the event, students from the Bay-Arenac ISD career center will design, market, and build a ten foot diameter globe made of copper and aluminum. The globe will be split in half, with each side representing both cities, with a bridge connecting the top and a river at the bottom.

The sculpture will be placed in a commemorative plaza called Ansbach Platz near River Edge Apartments in Bay City’s Uptown. Construction is hoped to be completed by September.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation recently approved a $50,000 matching grant to fund the project. A silent auction will be held March 24 by the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce to help raise funds as well.

Ansbach, Germany is also celebrating the event by dedicating a bridge as Bay Bridge.