Friday, 22 June 2012

Minne statue surfaces in Wirth Lake

Minne, maybe the Twin Cities’ most lovable, seasonal work of public art has reappeared in Minneapolis.
Minne is a 13-foot fiberglass sculpture created by Minneapolis artist Cameron Gainer, who was inspired by the infamous 1934 “Surgeon’s Photo” of the Loch Ness Monster. Minne first made a splash in 2009 when she mysteriously appeared in Lake Harriet. In subsequent summers, she visited a number of the city’s lakes, including Powderhorn Lake, Lake of the Isles, Lake Hiawatha, and Brownie Lake. Prior to her 2009 adoption and naming by the Parks Foundation, Minne also made appearances in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Tampa, Fla. “Minne has truly captured the imagination of Minneapolis residents and visitors. Children and grown-ups alike wonder in seeing her for the first time, and she continues to captivate even after many sightings,” said Mary deLaittre, President of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. “Public art is like the modern day campfire. Community members naturally gather around intriguing, approachable pieces like Minne.”
This is the first time that Minne has cruised Wirth Lake, a popular swimming, fishing and canoeing destination at the heart of Theodore Wirth Park, which straddles Minneapolis and Golden Valley and draws visitors from throughout the region.

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