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Public invited to weigh in on criteria for proposed sculpture trail

To provide a visual of how sculptures will enhance the Heartland Trail in Red Bridge Park, local photographer Laura Grisamore imposed artwork from the 2016 Bemidji Sculpture Walk onto a photo of the park. (Submitted photo)

The Park Rapids Arts and Culture Advisory Commission recently completed an Arts and Culture Plan for the city.

One of the plan's high priority projects is to develop a sculpture trail along the Heartland Trail in Red Bridge Park.

The city parks and beautification board has approved six locations for sculptures in the park.

The next step toward the goal of installing sculptures in the spring is to establish criteria for selecting the artworks.

Currently, the plan is to display sculptures for one year when the art would be available for purchase from the artist. Another option would be to purchase one or more of the sculptures to remain long-term.

Before issuing a call to artists to submit proposals for sculptures, the commission invites the public to provide input on the sculpture selection process at a meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 in the conference room at the Park Rapids Area Library downstairs meeting room.

Some examples of criteria other communities use to select sculptures will be provided, but the commission hopes to make our sculpture trail reflect our community values and sense of place.