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 produced 13 permanent and 16 temporary sculptures and unveiled the work of 22 local and regional artists.
March 29, 2021 – Art4Trails is pleased to announce the selection of four artists for the fifth year of Art4Trails public art installations along the bike trails near downtown Rochester, MN.
Kristopher Tiffany | Slatterly Park
Sunghee Min | River Landing
Jamie Weinfurter | Recreational trail south of 7th Street NW at Silver Lake
Greg Mueller | Mayo Park East
Artists selected for installations summer of 2021 all live in Minnesota, from Lutsen to Rochester. Kristopher Tiffany, originally from Arizona, is a Rochester resident and a stained glass artist at Willet Hauser Architectural Glass in Winona. Sunghee Min, now of Roseville, was born in South Korea and emigrated to the United States in 1995. In the past year, she has had public art installations in Bemidji, MN, Chicago IL, and Clive, IA. Selected artist for the second year, Jamie Weinfurter lives in Minneapolis and is the creator of Loom, currently sited at Mayo Park east. Although hailing from the North Shore, Greg Mueller is familiar to Rochester, having been a part of the 2020 Arts Elevated Regional Juried Exhibition at the Rochester International Airport.
The artists each received $3,000 stipend for these temporary installations, all of which will be available to purchase from the artists after a year of placement on the Art4Trails sites. The artworks were installed and unveiled at a public event in June 2021.
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.
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. “