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I stretched my legs at New York Mills' Sculpture Park

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Recently, I traveled U.S. Highway 10 between St. Cloud and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. I drive this route several times a year, and each time, I am tempted to stop and check out the local sculpture park, which is advertised on the highway. This time, I decided to stop, stretch my legs, and check out what a sculpture park located in a small Minnesota town best known as the home of Lund, the iconic Minnesota fishing boat, has to offer.

The park is easy enough to find, located just north of Highway 10 and actually visible from the road. Main draw is a huge tractor sculpture, which appears to be based on the silhouette image used on the tractor road crossing signs that are quite commonly seen on area roadways. A sign claims it is the largest tractor sculpture in the world.

In addition to this large work, there are several more works, most of them constructed of welded steel. The park is of modest size, a narrow strip of several acres, which is also outfitted with several picnic tables. In spite of being next to a busy road, a nice place to stetch the legs on a sunny summer day.

Where the park comes up short is comprehensive signage, non of the works are identified by title, artist name, etc... so all the visitor is left with are the actual sculptural forms in the landscape. As I was sufficiently curious to find out more about this place, I checked the village's Park and Recreation website, which has a brief entry for the park and mentions that the sculptures are designed and built by local artists. At times, Minnesota modesty does not help in satisfying visitor curiosity.

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