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Sculpture Trail ribbon cutting

The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission invite the public to a ribbon cutting for the new Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16. The park is located at 175-199 Beach Road (east of US Hwy. 71/Park Avenue North, about a block north of the stoplights at the junction of Hwy. 71 and state Hwy. 34).

Six sculptures have been selected and will be installed just prior to the ribbon cutting and remain in place for a year.

The artists are: Al Belleveau from Puposky, a sculpture titled "AntVenture" made from stone and steel; Dakota Brouillette from Park Rapids, a sculpture created from repurposed materials titled "Junkyard Turtle;" Tim Cassidy from New York Mills, a steel sculpture titled "Fertilized;" Paula Jensen from Longville, a welded steel sculpture titled "Eagle Spirit;" Patrick Shannon from Vergas, untitled piece made of copper and stainless steel; and Simon Zornes from Zerkel, carving from blue, white and green granite, titled "Prayers to the Sky Mother."

Red Bridge Park is the trailhead for the Heartland State Trail which is used year round for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, snowmobiling and other recreational activities. The park is also located near Downtown Park Rapids and visitors can access the park from Fish Hook River and nearby Heartland Park.

This project is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008. Funding also was received from the Park Rapids Community Fund.


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