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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Franconia Sculpture Park

After riding Arcola Trail, I continued north.  There have been so many times on my way to Taylors Falls that I passed Franconia Sculpture Park but I never stopped.  Since spontaneity seemed to be the theme of the day, I pulled over to check it out.

This crane was for sale in front of the park (in case you happen to be in the market for one).

There are a ton of sculptures in the park and most are very large (the photos don't quite convey the scale).  The sculptures were much better than I thought they would be.  For some reason, I imagined the place was run by some crazy welder who owned a bunch of land and a junkyard who just liked making crazy stuff.  Maybe it is, but many of the pieces were very good.  I really enjoyed it and it seemed like a great place to bring family.

Art was being crafted on premises by a handful of people while I was there.  This artist was busy welding.

Here's a small sample of sculptures:

Even though I was practically there, I didn't bother actually going to Taylors Falls and headed back south instead.  I briefly stopped at Brookside Bar & Grill in Marine on St. Croix before heading home.

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