In Focus: Bemidji Sculpture Walk Celebrating 20 Years


THE STATE TOURNAMENT. HE WOULD GOT EXTRA MILE. WE’LL MISS HIM. >>Josh: LITERALLY THE EXTRA MILE. THANKS VERY MUCH, A.J.>>>THE BEMIDJI SCULPTURE WALK IS CELEBRATING 20 YEARS. THIS SUMMER YOU’LL SEE A LOT OF COLOR, INTRICATE SHAPES, AND INTERACTIVE DESIGNS IF YOU TAKE A STROLL THROUGH DOWNTOWN. REPORTER SHIRELLE MOORE HAS A LOOK AT THE NEW ADDITIONS FOR THIS WEEK’S “IN FOCUS.” >>Shirelle: >>20 YEARS AGO, THERE WERE A LOT MORE CLOSED STORES, JUST WASN’T THE VIBRANCY THAT YOU SEE TODAY, AND WE KIND OF BELIEVE PART OF THAT IS, YOU CAN’T NECESSARILY COMPETE PRICE ALREADY WISE WITH THE BIG BOXES, BUT YOU CAN SURE KEEP YOUR HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN INTERESTING WITH SPECIALTY STORES AND ART.>>Shirelle: TALL AND SMALL, WOOD OR METAL, THE BEMIDJI SCULPTURE WALK HAS SEEN DOZENS OF CREATIVE PIECES COME AND GO AFTER THE PAST FEW DECADES. FOR THE 20th ANNIVERSARY, FANS WILL SEE WORK BY NEW ARTISTS AS WELL AS FAMILIAR CREATORS.>>JOHN HUGHES CREATED THIS AND IT’S LOOKS SO GREAT TO CELEBRATE OUR 20 YEARS. >>Shirelle: THERE ARE AROUND 12 TO 13 NEW SCULPTURES ON THE WALK THIS SUMMER. USUALLY THERE’S A FEW MORE, BUT THE TEAM DECIDED TO DOWN SIZE SO THERE COULD BE MORE PERMANENT PIECES. >>I HOPE FOLKS WILL STOP DOWN BY THE CORNER OF SECOND AND BELTRAMI AND THERE’S A FISH AND SURE ENOUGH, THAT WAS CREATED AS A WELDING PRACTICE FOR SOME STUDENTS FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL.>>Shirelle: EACH ARTIST WAS ALSO GIVEN A SLIGHTLY BIGGER STIPEND THIS YEAR SO THEY COULD REALLY LET THEIR IMAGINATION RUN WILD. >>BEAUTIFUL COLORFUL PIECES OF WOOD HE CARVED OUT AND HE PROTECTED THEM IN A BIG METAL DOME. COLORFUL, INTERACTIVE. HE WANTS YOU TO TOUCH IT AND MOVE IT AROUND ON THE PIVOT. >>Shirelle: THE BEMIDJI SCULPTURE WALK WAS PLAYED FOR EASY ACCESS. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU’RE YOUNG, OLD, EVEN IN A WHEELCHAIR, EVERYONE CAN ENJOY IT. IN FACT, EASY ACCESS WAS THE ENTIRE POINT. THE CREATORS WANTED TO GET THE STATUES OUT OF THE GALLERY, ALLOWING MORE PEOPLE FEEL COMFORTABLE VIEWING THE ART. >>ANYONE CAN COME AND ENJOY THE SCULPTURES AND ANYONE CAN HAVE CONVERSATIONS WHETHER THEY LIKE SOMETHING OR DON’T LIKE SOMETHING, WHY, WHAT REACTION DOES IT CAUSE. THAT’S WHAT ART IS SUPPOSED TO BE. >>Shirelle: THE NEW SCULPTURES WILL BE AROUND DOWNTOWN BEMIDJI UNTIL MAY 2020. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO A BLOCK PARTY ON JUNE 22nd. IT WILL BE HELD IN DOWNTOWN BEMIDJI AND STARTS AT 4:00 IN THE ANNUAL.

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