The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission invites the public to a ribbon-cutting event and tour of the Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15.
Eight sculptures have been selected and will remain in place for a year. This year, the Sculpture Trail extends downtown with two additional artworks at 2nd Street and Main Avenue. The tour will end there.
The artists whose works were chosen for Red Bridge Park are Paul Albright form Akeley, a sculpture titled "Snakes" carved from white pine; Al Belleveau from Puposky, a sculpture titled "Outcropping House" made from welded stone and steel; Dakota Brouillette from Park Rapids, an untitled sculpture created from cast iron, brass, bronze, copper and steel; Tim Cassidy from New York Mills, a steel and cast iron sculpture titled "Stegacrane;" Patrick Shannon from Vergas, a sculpture titled "Embark" made of steel, and stainless steel, and Simon Zornes from Zerkel, granite carving, titled "Many Feathers."
Artwork placed in downtown Park Rapids are by Mark V. Hall of Kasota and a second sculpture by Paul Albright. Hall's work is titled "Traveling through life with Love" and is made of powder-coated steel with slumped glass inserts. Albright's vertical piece is titled "Partial Eclipse" and is carved from ash.
All seven artists have been invited to the ribbon cutting and to provide information on their works as part of the tour.
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. Located at 175-199 Beach Road, about a block north of the Hwy. 71 and Hwy. 34 intersection, the park is near downtown Park Rapids and visitors can access the park from the Fish Hook River and nearby Heartland Park.