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Years ago, I visited the Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain in northern Michigan.
Recently, I learned there was another art park in Elk Rapids. And this one is on the shoreline of East Grand Traverse Bay.
This 15-acre park has looping trails along the shoreline and is dotted with 35 sculptures.
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With the rising lake levels, one of the sculptures, "Becca Triumphs" by Ann Gildner of Cheboygan, has had the base eroded away by waves. It is now tethered to a tree to keep it from being swept away.
So far, "Becca Triumphs" holds a place on the edge of the water. It remains to be seen if Becca will ultimately triumph without being relocated inland a bit.