South Dakata — Who ARE you?

Who are you South Dakota?

I’ve known you all my life as a place to drive through as quickly as possible on the way to the Black Hills. Maybe a stop at the Badlands and perhaps Wall Drug. If you are a motorcyle person, go to Sturgis.

So, to say I am surprised by you is a shock.

First, there’s Sioux Falls. I’ve gone on at length about that city and it’s delights. Even dragged my reluctant family there (who are now enamored and delighted to better know it).  I was there twice in May.

Now I learn about the Porter Sculpture Park. I read about it in USA Today

Here’s a video:



This is South Dakota?

I think I’m falling for you.

La Cote Nord

La Cote Nord

The Society of Minnesota Sculptors is having a summer show up in Grand Marais starting in late July.

This piece is an abstract intreptation of the North Shore itself. Made with steel and copper with some fun patinas.

Size: 19″ x 19″ x 8″

Price: $850














Totem of Castaways

Totem of Castaways

I like tall. I like larger pieces. 

We have a CNC plasma cutter in the studio which results in pieces of steel that are castaway.  My friend Judd gives me grief about cranking out a piece using these cast-offs but better than letting them go to waste.  Besides, I don’t just put a frame around them and call it art.  I transform them.

I definitely put some effort and thought into it.  The concept of a totem has been around for millenia.  No reason I can’t use it too.

Size: 10″ x 81″ x 10″

Price: $1250

Baby Bronze Dragon

Baby Bronze Dragon

Here’s some art for your garden.  This one has some interesting patinas going on. The steel looks like bronze in spots.  Very cool.

Too bad it doesn’t really breathe flames to take out those nasty mosquitoes.

Size: 36″ x 44″ x 12″

Price: $285

Memorial Day in Sioux Falls

You didn’t get enough of Sioux Falls?

The family wanted to see my art in place and to see everything else too.  They were so impressed by my description of the city they wanted to see it for themselves.

They were duly impressed.

We ended up at the Holiday Inn City Centre again — it was hopping for the weekend. It was fun to walk the street and see everyone interacting with the sculptures.  People had the brochures and were using them to find sculptures.  And vote.  Many of the voting boxes were full (full of mine that is — he who travels to Sioux Falls gets to stuff the ballot box — just kidding!).

Unfortunately two pieces had already been damaged.  Some people are just idiots!

The kids loved Falls park.  We had to drag them away from the rocks. It really is a beautiful spot.

And, my other piece, Samurai Dancer is installed at the Orpheum Theater.  It’s in their inner courtyard. They were kind enough to send a photo. Thanks again for sponsoring the piece.

Yes, it was a really good trip back to Sioux Falls. If you are looking for a great place to visit, go there. 

And make sure you stop at the Queen City Bakery too. Delicious chocolate croissants and more.

Scroll down for a photo of Maelstrom in the sun.  Sweet.

Here’s a Flickr Feed of the photos from Sioux Falls.

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