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South Loop songbird comes in for a landing

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Bloomington Briefing Published January 31, 2022
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Inspired by the more than 250 migratory birds that pass through the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, a 30-foot-tall South Loop songbird sculpture by Donald Lipski was installed at the southeast corner of the intersection of Killebrew Drive and Old Shakopee Road in December.

“This sculpture creates a distinctive sense of place and identity that reflects the South Loop while providing an opportunity to surprise and delight those who visit, work and live in the area,” Creative Placemaking Director Alejandra Pelinka said.

During the research and planning of this project, community members were invited to vote on which local songbird should be represented in the sculpture. The American Goldfinch, pictured above, was the clear winner.