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Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail to be unveiled June 16

One of the first sculptures to be installed on the new Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail is “AntVenture” by Al Belleveau of Puposky. Completed in 2014, the stone and steel artwork is 7.5 feet in height by 8 feet in diameter at the base. (Submitted photo)

The City of Park Rapids and Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission invite the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Red Bridge Park Sculpture Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16.

Six sculptures have been selected and will be installed just prior to the event. They will remain in place for a year.

The artists are Al Belleveau from Puposky, a sculpture titled "AntVenture" made from stone and steel; Dakota Brouillette from Park Rapids, a sculpture created from repurposed materials titled "Junkyard Turtle;" Tim Cassidy from New York Mills, a steel sculpture titled "Fertilized;" Paula Jensen from Longville, a welded steel sculpture titled "Eagle Spirit;" Patrick Shannon from Vergas, untitled piece made of copper and stainless steel; and Simon Zornes from Zerkel, carving from blue, white and green granite, titled "Prayers to the Sky Mother."

Red Bridge Park is the trailhead for the Heartland State Trail, which is used year round for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, snowmobiling and other recreational activities. Located at 175-199 Beach Road (about a block north of the stoplights at the junction of Hwy. 71 and Hwy. 34), the park is near downtown Park Rapids. Visitors can access the park from Fish Hook River and nearby Heartland Park.

This project is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008. Funding also was received from the Park Rapids Community Fund.

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