One of the project goals was to create an artwork that expressed the energy and vitality of Jordan Skate Park and the people who use it. Ellison’s colorful sculpture, which is about 30 feet high, is also a “marker” for the location of the skateboard facility, providing optimum visibility from the street and the park. In Ellison’s project overview he stated of the sculpture, “It is designed to be a positive, intriguing, and fun work tailored specifically for the youth who encounter it and yet provide imagery which is general enough to appeal to all members of the neighborhood.”
Born in Michigan, Ellison acquired his BFA and MFA degrees from Michigan State University. He has permanently sited commissions across the country. Ellison first worked in ceramics. He taught at Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, College of Marin and San Francisco Academy of Art College. He migrated to large scale sculpture. He was recognized for his love of whimsy and colorful palette. Ellison passed away in September 2012.