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High School Sculpture Project
High School Sculpture Project
Beginning in 2011, the Northfield Arts & Culture Commission and the Northfield Public Schools began to collaborate with the goal of increasing visibility and value for the arts through the addition of public sculpture to the community. For three years now the Northfield Public Schools and the Arts and Culture Commission have received an Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grant through the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) for a high school sculpture project.

The Young Sculptors Project is made up of a team of artists including15 interested high school student artists, an established Northfield sculptor, and a college student apprentice. The artist and students meet to work weekly on the Young Sculptors Project sculpture in a classroom location at Northfield High School until May each year. The sculpture is then installed by the City of Northfield on a base in front of the Public Library. The artwork is displayed for one year and then moved to a courtyard sculpture garden at Northfield High School near the previous SEMAC sculptures.

This project offers interested students the opportunity to create, learn and grow alongside a professional artist while building a large scale sculpture; one of the most difficult art forms to create. This annual sculpture installation is becoming an anticipated event for community members, young and old. The current sculpture, Octopus Garden, made by local glass artist Rick Swearer, and apprentice, Eliza Dennis, encompasses an aquatic scene from the Paleozoic era, concentrating on the Ordovician. The idea that the students developed relates to the geology of the site location (in and around Northfield). This sculpture is installed in a central location that is physically accessible to all in the greater community.

High School Sculpture Project

Read the full description of the 2014 sculpture project.


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