A new featured sculpture was placed on the Northfield Public Library Plaza today. The sculpture is funded by a legacy grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council to the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission in collaboration with the Northfield Public Schools.
This sculpture will be in place for one year and then will be permanently installed at the High School to begin the establishment of a High School sculpture park created by the students. The Arts and Culture Commission intends that this process be repeated, so that each year a new sculpture will be placed temporarily downtown and the one downtown moved permanently to the high school.
Christie Clarke (ACC Member, teacher and artist) wrote the grant and Mac Gimse, Professor Emeritus, St. Olaf College, has been the project’s mentor. He describes the sculpture and the youth behind it, “Let’s just say, when the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE AND DELIGHT goes on public view, it will be a triumph of youthful exuberance! As an optional, non-credit, extra-curricular project, all the students gave it time they did not have, and work and thought beyond their reckoning. Together with welding by Kris and Scott Swanson, Jane Meyer’s bronze casting, timbers and bamboo, and Rick Swearer’s willingness to work with everyone, it sprang to life at NHS GATE #13. . .” The students who participated were: Jane Carlson (2013), Nelen Forsythe (2014), Maddie Guyott (2014), Seth Hanson (2013), Justin Malecha (2013), Mathilde Mortensen (2012), Dana O’Donnell (2012), Kris Swanson (2014), Avery Swearer (2014) and Zoe Webb (2013). Library and Recreations Director of the Library, Lynne Young says, “THANK YOU TO ALL for this colorful, creative, interesting and thought-provoking addition to our city streetscape.”
And I say thank you to Philip Spensley for the additional (and corrected) information!
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