South Loop Sculpture Songbird Survey

Community to Select Songbird for Sculpture

Bloomington, MN – The community will have a chance to select which type of songbird they would like to see represented in a new South Loop sculpture. 

The South Loop sculpture will be designed by Donald Lipski, an award-winning artist with numerous large-scale public art works throughout the United States and Canada, with sculptures and installations included in art collections and exhibitions throughout the world. 

The sculpture will contain a large South Loop sign with an oversized songbird perched on top. Lipski was inspired by the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and how it provides a habitat to more than 250 species of migratory birds. The Refuge and Old Cedar Avenue Bridge consistently attract avid bird watchers and urban birding groups. Lipski focused on a songbird because they are perching birds, sing well-developed songs, and signify the coming of spring, which can be associated with joy. The theme of flight and migration was also an element when considering the diverse population of South Loop and the nearby international airport – people (visitors, residents, employees) and birds come to South Loop from all over the world. Intentionally making something small (a songbird) into something very large contributes to the proposed South Loop sculpture’s whimsy. The artist feels confident that children in particular will love this piece, and that it will bring surprise and delight to the area. 

The South Loop sculpture will be located on the south east corner of the intersection of Killebrew Drive and East Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington. This site is very accessible, near Refuge trail heads, next to a trail connection, and a potential site for a future South Loop directional kiosk. 

After consultation with staff from the Refuge, Lipski compiled a short list of songbirds that regularly migrate through the Refuge. The survey will include the design concept and a variety of songbirds to choose from, and will be open from Friday, November 15 through November 22

For more information and to vote for your favorite songbird, please visit blm.mn/placemaking, or contact 952-563-8744 or placemaking@bloomingtonmn.gov

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