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Photo by David Lubbers
Photo by David Lubbers

Celebrated Italian figurative sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi was commissioned to complete a lasting memorial, or tribute, to the legions of volunteers at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. A specialist in narrative imagery, Rainaldi tells a visual story of the organization beginning with portraits of Fred and Lena Meijer and then symbolically uses dozens of figures of every background and age shown working and sharing in an idealized garden environment. The gifts of major donors and volunteers have been permanently honored in bronze.  

Oliviero Rainaldi. The Tribute, 2006. Bronze, 117.5 x 96 x 92 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Oliviero Rainaldi.