"When the call for a sculpture design first went out to
represent the friendship between two cities an ocean apart, I thought 'how does
someone put into a sculpture all that being sister cities encompasses?' As I sat
down to work it seemed my heart directed my hand to this design. The design
is of two hands reaching for each other in support and friendship. A bridge symbolizes
the connection of two peoples across water. One hand is
not larger or stronger than the other; they are the same size, much like mutual
respect. They are joined by the arch under the bridge showing we are all
-- by Lori Hough at the unveiling of "Two Hands
with a Bridge of Friendship" in Yahaba, Japan.
This sculpture is the result of an innovative sculptural exchange
between Fremont, Michigan and her sister city of Yahaba, Japan. An artist from
each region was selected to design a public sculpture to be both fabricated and
installed in the sister city.