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Greenspace: Art4Trails receives $10,000, puts out new artist call

December 2, 2018

Rochester parks will unveil brand-new art this summer, thanks to a new SEMAC grant.

Barb Depman, the manager for Art4Trails, said the organization hopes to promote the work of local artists — and expand some minds while they’re at it.

“It’s that intersection of nature and artistic vision, how they fit in the sites,” Depman said. “You’ll just be riding along the trails and see something colorful pop out of the landscape.”

On Nov. 19, Art4Trails announced the receipt of the $10,000 from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC).

Art4Trails, a public art initiative that has placed large sculptures and statues along walking and biking trails downtown, will work with previous collaborator Sebastien Richer. (He made “Perfect Canoe,” which is currently installed in Mayo Memorial Park.)

Richer will design a permanent sculpture to be placed near Riverside Central Elementary School.

Art4Trails has also opened up two calls for artists to create temporary installations, which will be unveiled in the summer of 2019.

The call opened in November and closes Jan. 7. Artists can apply via a link at rochesterartcenter.org.

Rochester Parks and Rec works with Art4Trails to select spots for the concrete pads upon which the sculptures will be installed. One temporary installation will be at Slatterly Park, and another will replace the “Fantastical Fruits” sculpture by local artist Amarama, currently at Mayo Park.

The previous sculptures had a childlike theme because of a collaboration with the Children’s Museum of Rochester.

They were also texturally interesting, Depman said, which encouraged engagement and play on and around the pieces.

However, there’s no concrete category art proposals have to fall into for 2019, Depman said.

“It’s the serendipity of what they come up with and what the art selector sees as far as quality, sustainability, and durability of materials,” she said. “We want to energize local artists … and get responses from emerging artists who just want to try their hand at it.”

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