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Hutzler's flagship to reopen as part of Contemporary art installation

Hutzler's flagship to reopen as part of Contemporary art installation

Last June, when Michael Jones McKean stepped into the empty first floor of the long-closed Hutzler Brothers department store on a stretch of Howard Street once percolating with retail businesses, he sensed right away the possibilities for creating an art installation there.

The 40-year-old McKean quickly started work on a large-scale, mixed-media art project titled "The Ground" that, like the old store, has its own kind of departments, individual areas under one roof, all aimed at engaging the senses.

The installation, to be unveiled Saturday night, will be on display until mid-May, presented in partnership with the telecommunications company AiNET, which owns the...

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