If you live, work or just drive through Meridian Township, you’ve probably noticed the large metal sculpture in the roundabout at Marsh and Hamilton Roads. The work, entitled “Meridius Prime,” is a 14-foot tall piece commemorating the Michigan Meridian, the north-south baseline by which the state was surveyed in the 19th century. The sculpture is part of a plan to install public art that relays a community’s “sense of place.” The artwork is a project of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.
Peter Menser, the assistant planner for Meridian Township, says public art serves as a catalyst and a foundation for a quality public space and creates attachment for a community.
Tim Higgins, the artist who created “Meridius Prime," says the sculpture has a cartographic feel to it.