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DIA representatives Michelle Hauske (left) and Larry Baranski place the Van Gogh in Centennial Park. Photo by CJC. (click for larger version)
August 25, 2010 - Centennial Park finally got its very own Van Gogh.

A waterproof, full-size digital reproduction of an oil painting created by Dutch post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh in July 1890 was erected last week in the downtown Oxford park for all to see, enjoy and appreciate.

Entitled "Bank of the Oise at Auvers," the painting is being displayed here as part of the Detroit Institute of Arts' 125th Anniversary Project.

Oxford was selected to be among 40 communities in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb and Washtenaw counties that will each display reproductions of famous artworks from the DIA's permanent collection.

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A combination of the community's main street appeal, farmers' market and weekly summer concerts led to Oxford's selection.

The Van Gogh in Centennial Park was the first painting to go on display. Adorned with a gilded frame, it will remain there for public viewing through the end of November.

Besides promoting the DIA, the project is designed to motivate people to visit communities hosting the paintings.

Communities and businesses involved in the 125th Anniversary Project will be featured on an interactive map on the museum website (www.dia.org) as well as be connected through the museum's social networks, which include its 25,000-member strong Facebook, Myspace, Flickr and Twitter accounts.

– Editor C.J. Carnacchio

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