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"Draining," 2007

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Sum of All Things

Ben Ahlvers bridges disparate worlds with sculpture that's <em>anything</em> but 'whimsical'

Ben Ahlvers grew up in Granite City, Ill., a blue-collar town northeast of St. Louis. Like all manufacturing towns, it's struggling: the community profile web site glosses over the "in transition" downtown culture and promotes the ease of parking at Wal-Mart.

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