Friday, 4 May 2012

Loch Ness Monster sculpture mysteriously appears in Chippewa River

It's an enchanting mystery and point of conversation for the local arts community, but the law sees a sculpture of a friendly monster to be an obstruction in the Chippewa River.
Appearing in the past couple of weeks, the sculpture is in the shape of the Loch Ness Monster, a creature nicknamed Nessie that is reputed to live in a deep Scottish lake.
The sculpted Eau Claire version pokes above the river just north of the Madison Street bridge in Eau Claire.
"It's happening more and more, guerilla installations like this," said Jason Lanka, a UW-Eau Claire assistant art professor. "It's a crossover from a graffiti tradition."
While spontaneous public art displays are more common in metropolitan areas with bigger art communities, Lanka said they are an easy way for artists anywhere to spur conversation about their work.
However, the state Department of Natural Resources views the sculpture as an illegal obstruction in the river.

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