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Art4Trails is a public art initiative to promote local artists and enhance our public parks by installing original art along Rochester’s bike trails.

Since its inception in 2016, their juried art competitions have commissioned 13 permanent and 16 temporary sculptures and unveiled the work of 24 local and regional artists.

2022 artists selected for Art4Trails public art installations

Jerry Carlson | Slatterly Park
Victor Yepez | River landing below 3rd St SE
Bobby Marines | Mayo Park East
Sunghee Min | Silver Lake Fire station (7th St and Silver Lake Dr NE)

Artists selected for installations this summer all live in Minnesota. Bobby Marines is a Rochester resident and familiar on the local art scene. He has been a part of several exhibits in Rochester and other galleries in southern Minnesota. His interactive piece, The Alchemist, will be placed in Mayo Park on the east side of the river. Selected artist for the second year Sunghee Min, now of Roseville, was born in South Korea and emigrated to the United States in 1995. Her Greeting Tower is in place at the river landing site until the end of May and her Spark of Magic will be installed at the corner of 7th St and Silver Lake Dr NE in June. Besides showings at Art4Trails, she has had public art installations in Bemidji, MN, Chicago IL, and Clive IA. Victor Yepez, born in Ecuador and now living in Minneapolis, will be installing Cyclist at the river landing site below 3rd St SE and across the river from the Government Center. An art teacher and frequent artist in residence, Victor was an artist in residence at John Marshall HS in 2020; his Golden Spirit metal horse sculpture was sited at Slatterly Park in 2020. Also engaged in a career as an EMT, Jerry Carlson is bringing his whimsical Scandinavian Huldufolk (elf) House structure to Slatterly Park. It was most recently seen at the Art Shanties Festival on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Two new projects were installed in 2020 thanks to the Coronavirus Aid and Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act via the City of Rochester’s Neighborhood Arts Activation program: Zoe Cinel & Eric Anderson’s Yield: keeping a house and Sebastien Richer’s Pyramide.

Yield: keeping a house
By Zoe Cinel and Eric Anderson

Yield is a multimedia sculpture that engages the public to reflect on ideas of home, resilience and migration to Minnesota by using a deconstructed house-shaped sculpture, a seed library, a permanent flower installation and a seasonal native garden.

The idea of home is personal yet universal: our memories of home are intertwined with a building, a land, sometimes with people, or with something as simple as a flower’s scent.

This project is a public connector and a joyful monument that sees home as central to our current lifestyle. In these unprecedented times our homes are the gym, the classroom, the office, the playground. They used to be places for the community to gather and now they are safe, enclosed, solitary spaces. As artists, we miss having an open home and we think about all the people who are suffering from isolation. So here is an invitation to our new public, accessible home, where everyone can relax, reflect, enjoy the beauty of the natural native flora and share seeds the way we share gifts and stories. Our hope is for people to find again a sense of safety, care and belonging within the outdoor public space.

This piece is located on the west side of the foot bridge connecting Bear Creek Park and Mayo High School.

Pyramide
By Sébastien Richer

Employing the 300-foot length of the site, the alignment of five Pyramides has room to grow up to eight feet tall. From eight inches tall with a base of one square foot, the alignment of the five pieces progresses to eight feet tall with a base of nine square feet. Each top is finished with a stainless steel point, polished to reflect the light, almost like a light.

This installation is located along the trail near its crossing of 3rd Ave NW at 31st St NW (Kings Run area)

Untitled By Hugh Butt

A Hugh Butt sculpture was recently donated to the City of Rochester via Art4Trails from the collection of Fredric and Marion Kleinberg of Rochester. It has been installed on the east side of Mayo Park north of the footbridge and near The Lofts apartment building

Hugh R. Butt, MD (1910-2008) was a physician and educator specializing in gastroenterology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  As with Dr Richard Brubaker, another popular Art4Trails sculptor, Dr Butt took up the art of metal work after retirement from the clinic.   He had three exhibits at Rochester Art Center and has two works in the Mayo Clinic collection on the Rochester campus. As described by Margaret R. Wentz (Mayo Clinic Proceedings Vol 8, issue 9, E101, Sept 1, 2013), “The sheer whimsy of Dr Butt’s pieces automatically brings a smile to the faces of their viewers…Part of the humor  is that they mirror the simplicity of a child’s stick-figure drawing, complete with curlicues, and are one dimensional. They have the power to change the mood of a passerby. “

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