Editorial: New sculpture is a good additionBefore the recent installation of the new Triskele outside of the Robert Trail Library, the only significant example of public art in Rosemount was the pointy orange sculpture tucked in behind buildings downtown.
Before the recent installation of the new Triskele outside of the Robert Trail Library, the only significant example of public art in Rosemount was the pointy orange sculpture tucked in behind buildings downtown. That structure is still the city’s largest work of outdoor art, but the addition of the Triskele — significantly more visible in its spot along Highway 3, is a good sign for the arts in Rosemount.
The sculpture is a sign of city government’s commitment to the arts in Rosemount, and we believe that’s a positive. Public art such as the two previously mentioned sculptures provide one more point of interest in Rosemount. They give people a reason to get out of their cars and walk a bit, something the city has already put a lot of time and money into encouraging.
The new sculpture is not the only sign of the city’s artistic bent, of course. The city of Rosemount has put a lot of money into rehabilitating the former St. Joseph’s Church building — located right next to the library and its new sculpture — and turning it into the Steeple Center. One of the uses identified for the facility is an arts center, and indeed the first event held in the reopened building was a photography contest sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council, a group that grew out of discussions about how to use the former church.
There are opportunities to experience the arts in Rosemount. Rosemount High School has wonderful bands and choirs and puts on plays that, in terms of production values, would be at home in just about any theater around. The video production classes at RHS are sponsoring a film festival that will allow participants to screen their creations on an IMAX screen.
We think its all great. The more people have an opportunity to expand their cultural horizons in Rosemount, the less need they have to go elsewhere.
The Triskele is a nice addition to downtown Rosemount. We hope it is the sign of more to come.