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Western Sculpture Park

Since 1998, Public Art Saint Paul has produced a sculpture exhibition in Western Park, in the midst of a densely populated neighborhood just west of the Minnesota State Capitol. The Park’s name was officially changed to Western Sculpture Park in 2014 to honor and acknowledge Public Art Saint Paul’s 16-year commitment to arts programming and to affirm this as the City of Saint Paul’s sculpture park. Invited by the Fuller Aurora Association to bring art into the heart of the neighborhood, Public Art Saint Paul worked with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation to design the park to accommodate installation of large-scale works. The neighborhood is home to one of the most diverse populations in the Twin Cities, part of the historic Rondo Neighborhood and in recent decades a welcoming gateway to new immigrants. Western Sculpture Park has been a transformational force that has improved neighborhood conditions overall. Curated by John Hock, the exhibition of 15 sculptures is centered by the 66-foot Grace a Toi by internationally renowned sculptor Mark di Suvero – who was awarded the National Medal for the Arts by President Obama in 2010 – the exhibition features work by artists from throughout the United States. Max Rabitat by Mary Johnson stands as whimsical sentinel at the Park’s Marion Street entry.

Coming soon, the 16-foot tall Spatterdoc Pavillion by Don Myhre and Christina Ridolfi will provide a venue for community gathering and special occasions.

Download a Map of Western Sculpture Park HERE

Artists & Artworks

John Hock, Curator

 

2015 Exhibition
Paul Benson, Minnesota
Shaun Cassidy, Missouri
Karl Ciesluk, Ontario
Lourdes Cue, Mexico
Roger Cummings, Minnesota
Mark di Suvero, New York City
Ted Sitting Crow Garner, Illinois
John Hock & Andrew MacGuffie, Minnesota
Mary Johnson, Minnesota
Dan Kainz, Pennsylvania
Peter Morales, Minnesota
Don Osborne, New York
Melvin Smith, Minnesota
Amy Toscani, Minnesota

Partners & Funders

Partners
Public Art Saint Paul
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Franconia Sculpture Park
Fuller Aurora Neighborhood Association
Summit University Planning Council

 

Funders
C. Lilly Foundation
A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation
Sage Cleveland Foundation
The Saint Paul Foundation
R. Bigelow Foundation
Mardag Foundation
The John and Ruth Huss Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation
Generous Individuals
The voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.