Minnesota Rocks!

In 2006, Public Art Saint Paul explored the ongoing power and vitality of traditional stone carving by producing an International Stone Carving Symposium, called Minnesota Rocks! PASP convened artists from China,Egypt, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Zimbabwe and Minnesota to share creative perspectives and create sculptures from Minnesota stone.

Participating artists are Javier Del Cuerto,Craig David, Duane Goodwin, Salah Hammad, Peter Morales, Atsuo Okamoto, Mike Sinesio, Lazarus Takawira, David Wyrick, Lei Yixin, and Juergen Zaun.

Each artist selected and carved a large stone, with the creative process on view to the public for six weeks, drawing 13,000 visitors to the site and reaching a worldwide media audience.

The 12 resulting artworks are permanently installed in parks throughout Saint Paul. Download a guide here.

Sculptures & Locations

Sacred Bowl
By Duane Goodwin, Bemidji, MN
1075 Mounds Blvd

The Usumacinta River Visits the Mississippi
By Javier Del Cuerto, Mexico
100 Mounds Blvd

By Lei Yixin, China
Phalen Park Picnic Pavilion
1600 Phalen Drive

By Peter Morales, Saint Paul, MN
At the entrance of Hamline Park
1564 Lafond Ave

Paisley Bench
By Peter Morales, Saint Paul, MN
1182 N Churchill St

Family Hug
By Salah Hammad, Egypt
At the intersection of Mississippi River Blvd S and Woodlawn Ave

By Juergen Zaun, Germany
628 Mississippi River Blvd S
Across from Temple of Aaron Congregation

Constructing Friendship
By Mike Sinesio
At West Entrance of Como Park
1325 Hamline Ave N

By David Wyrick
Prospect Boulevard and Stryker Avenue (overlooking downtown)

Distant Memory
By Atsuo Okamoto, Japan
Boyd Park
335 Selby Ave

Peace Table
By Craig David, Saint Paul, MN
Cherokee Park, West side
Annapolis Street W and Cherokee Heights Blvd
601-899 Cherokee Heights Blvd

Inside My Head
By Lazarus Takawira
Lower Landing Park
508 Warner Road