Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Franconia Sculpture Park

As I continue work on a post about the Mid-America Print Conference I figure I'll do a quick entry on the Franconia Sculpture Garden first. This little park is located in Franconia, MN just along the border of Wisconsin. It's free and open to the public and regularly has events scheduled to get children and adults interested and involved in the arts, along with providing a work and exhibition space for established and emerging artists.

I hadn't been there in years, and only visited it again a few weeks ago, but always remembered it being pretty cool. So, my friend Erin and I went to visit it, and just before the conference my friend Shaina and I went again. I forgot my camera the first visit, so all of the images are from the second time around. :)

Below are just a few of the sculptures at the park. Sadly I forgot to get the names of the pieces or the artists (oops) so I'll let the art speak for itself. Click on any of the images for a larger view.


I really liked this piece. At the end of each wire was a plate, and on those plates were every word in the English language in extremely fine print. 
The following two pieces were my favorite in the park. The first really isn't much to look like from the outside, consisting of black wood with a small entrance.

 However, when you go inside and turn the corner...

:) The planks inside are probably about two to three feet deep, so you need to walk back and forth to get any idea of what's on the outside. Also being placed outside, the transition from bright sunlight to darkness had a very eerie effect.

My other favorite piece was this suspended, floating shed. 

and not just because there were duckies. :)