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New public art gets positive reviews

Triskele, by Minneapolis-based artist Foster Willey Jr., is inspired by Celtic images. The sculpture stands more than 11 feet tall.

Robert Trail Library manager Jamie Jurgenson really likes the new art piece in front of the library building. The cast bronze and stone sculpture, named Triskele, was put up on Dec. 10.

"I love it. I think it's the perfect complement to the building. It looks like it's meant to be there," said Jurgenson.

So far, she said, others in the community have had similar reactions.

"We've had nothing but positive comments," Jurgenson said.

The city of Rosemount commissioned the $60,000 piece early in 2010. Community development director Kim Lindquist said the city council budgeted for the piece as the library was being built. 

"The city council felt it is a focal point of the community," Lindquist said of the reason for commissioning the piece.

Lindquist said the city put together a narrative of the community and asked area artists to come up with a design based on that.

"Rosemount's Irish heritage was one of the bigger pieces to the narrative and all three finalists included it in their design," said Lindquist.

Minneapolis-based artist Foster Willey Jr. created the Triskele sculpture. The sculpture stands 11 1/2 feet tall and was inspired by Celtic images. Lindquist said she thinks the piece turned out well and hopes it will inspire others to contribute art pieces to downtown.

The winter weather has prevented any type of ceremony to unveil the sculpture, something Lindquist said city staff hopes to remedy that this spring. While plans are sketchy at the moment, Lindquist said they plan to have an event to celebrate the piece and hope to include everyone in the community with various art projects and speakers.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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