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IPF donates copper for art exhibit surrounding Flint water crisis


March 21, 2017

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is now showcasing “Beyond Streaming: A Sound Mural for Flint Exhibit.”

The interactive exhibit, produced by Jan Tichy as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series, is made entirely of copper pipes that were provided by MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities.

The exhibit sheds light on the experiences of Flint citizens and the water crisis that first made headlines in 2014. Built from the ceiling to the floor along the museum walls, visitors can turn faucets and hear poems and stories narrated by Flint and Lansing youth.

“We decided to donate the material,” said Jeffrey Groll, manager of IPF Materials and Logistics. “When the exhibit is disassembled, it’s going to return to the shelves and be used for maintenance projects.”

Groll said it was meaningful for IPF to be a part of the project.

“We had no idea of the magnitude or even the connection it was going to make with the Flint water crisis,” he said. “I was really touched for them to reach out to me and to see the whole thing come together. It’s really amazing.”

The exhibit will be featured through April 23 during normal museum hours. Learn more at