The recently revamped Riverside Park on Detroit's west riverfront has a new attraction. A 42-foot sculpture was unveiled late last week, and it stands as both the entryway to the park and the start of the Joe Louis Greenway.
Israel and Erik Nordin created the "Path of Life" sculpture with elements of the demolished Joe Louis Arena. The work was commissioned by the Adamo family, who runs the Adamo Group, a Detroit-based demolition company.
“We are so proud to have created this art piece for Riverside Park. It was both challenging and exhilarating to integrate giant I-beams from the Joe Louis Arena structure in the centerpiece. We love hockey, the Joe was a magical place, and is in our hearts,” said brothers Erik and Israel Nordin of the Detroit Design Center. “Public art is so crucial, to bring people together, inspire thought and create conversations. Detroit is our city, where we live, work, and create.”
When completed, the Joe Louis Greenway will connect Detroit, Dearborn, Highland Park, and Hamtramck with 27 miles of pathways for bikes and pedestrians.
The Nordin brothers also designed the One World...Under Michigan Stars sculpture on Belle Isle, which marks the southern trailhead of the Iron Belle Trail.