2019 Public Art Announcement

Four artist proposals were accepted to install public art for the bike trails near
downtown Rochester, MN. Congratulations to these artists!

Mary Beth Magyar | Slatterly Park

Judd Nelson | River Landing

Isaac Kidder | Mayo Park East

Ryan and James Pedersen | Silver Lake Fire Station

Save the date for an unveiling event and bike tour alongside Rochesterfest Sunday, June 23.

Art4Trails 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Kick Off Event June 2, 2018! A new permanent sculpture, Phoenix Rising by Richard Brubaker was unveiled followed by a bike tour of the other sculptures.

Art4Trails was developed in 2016 by the Rochester Arts and Culture Collaborative, with plans to expand collaboration on the project in 2017. Expansion of partnerships now includes Rochester Art Center, Rochester Parks and Recreation, Olmsted County Public Health, RNeighbors, WeBikeRochester, Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester and Rochester Downtown Alliance.

Art4Trails is a public art initiative to promote local artists and enhance our public parks by installing original art along the bike trails near downtown Rochester. This fall, Art4Trails will hold its third juried competition for temporary and permanent sculptures. Winners will be selected by a committee and announced in early 2019.


Art4Trails Sculptures:

Phoenix Rising, by Richard Brubaker is an abstract figure of a bird that has achieved new life after surviving a deadly fire.  It is a metaphor for the history of Rochester, a city that rose from the ashes of a devastating tornado to become a world-class medical center.

Unbroken, by Katya Roberts: The sculpture is a single sheet of aluminum, painted white, using only bends and cuts to form its visual and inner life.  This replaced the Giant Fish sculpture in Slatterly Park.

Tractor Cat, by Richard Brubaker: This work shows a cat featuring five individual pieces of interlocking steel, playfully painted in five bright colors. This sculpture will be installed in Roy Sutherland Park. It is the only permanent sculpture in this collection. It was donated by the artist to the City of Rochester.

Fantastical Fruit, by Amarama: The work features four large fruits made of hand-dyed cement in various shapes and sizes, and includes colored mosaic on inner slices of fruit. The sculpture is in Mayo Park East, near the playground.

Drinking Sunshine, by Craig Snyder: The sculpture stands 14 feet tall and shows eight colorful cubes, each precariously balanced one on top of the other, all seemingly ready to topple over. It is installed on the concrete peninsula in the river behind the Government Center.

Perfect Canoe, by Sebastien Richer: The canoe is fabricated in steel, about 10 feet long and shaped like an s-curve. It is installed at the confluence of the Zumbro River and Bear Creek in Mayo Memorial Park.


Please consider volunteering or donating to “C4” noting “Art4Trails” in the memo, and send checks to C4/Art4Trails, 609 4th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

Donate online here: https://www.paypal.me/c4rochester

Contact us: Art4TrailsRochMN@gmail.com

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.