City officials unveiled this year’s new selection of sculptures for the Park Rapids Sculpture Trail, which begins in Red Bridge Park and continues downtown.
All will remain in place for one year. All were created by northern Minnesota artists.
This marks the third summer of the sculpture trail.
This year’s artists are Paul Albright of Akeley, Al Bellevue of Puposky, Tim Cassidy of New York Mills, Barb Christiansen of Ponsford, Mark V. Hall of Kasota, Tim Nelsen of Bemidji, father and son duo James and Ryan Pedersen of Walker and Simon Zornes of Bagley.One sculpture, “Sunrise” by Patrick Shannon of Vergas, will carry over for another year and has been relocated from Red Bridge Park to downtown.
The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission collaborate on the project.
“The whole place is a sculpture in itself,” said Liz Smith, a member of the Park Rapids parks and beautification board, during Saturday’s celebration at Red Bridge Park. “Park Rapids, you are one lucky spot to have this beautiful, beautiful thing happen.”
Albright, who is the chair of the selection committee, commented on the uniqueness of the trail, noting that not many communities have this opportunity. Twenty-eight locations for sculptures have been approved by the city council, he added.