[Featured Image: Photo by Don Lipps – Detail from Intersections by Luke Achterberg]

It was a lovely Saturday morning, and as I’ve done every year since beginning work on MankatoLIFE, it was time to walk the streets of Mankato and North Mankato to visit the sculptures in CityArt’s 2020 Walking Sculpture Tour.

In case you haven’t heard yet, CityArt is a collaboration between City Center Partnership and Twin Rivers Council for the Arts. It is these organizations that bring you the sculptures to enjoy.

This year was a little bit different than my previous walks. My good friends, Tim and Becky met me in front of Pub 500 and we set out for some inspiration.

Becky, an artist herself, shared with the less artistically adept of the group the difference between a sculpture and a statue, which I had never heard before. A sculpture is any three-dimensional work of art while a statue is generally of a human or animal and is at least life size but often larger. So, all statues are sculptures but not all sculptures are statues. Of course, you probably already knew that.

We had a great time looking at, photographing, and discussing the sculptures. I’ve included a few images from my shoot — just enough, I hope, to make you hungry to set out and see them for yourself.

A great day was made almost perfect as we ended our walk by actually getting a seat inside the NaKato and actually eating lunch in a restaurant! Yes, you read that right, we had lunch inside an eating establishment! When I mentioned to our server Lyndsy that it was my first culinary outing in over three months, she greeted me with, “Welcome back to civilization!” That’s exactly what it felt like.

Lyndsy did a great job, as did the NaKato – where I’ve never had anything that wasn’t delicious!

Photo by Don Lipps - Time to Fly by Kyle Fokken
Photo by Don Lipps – Time to Fly by Kyle Fokken
Photo by Don Lipps - After the Party by Amy "Pocket" Toscani
Photo by Don Lipps – After the Party by Amy “Pocket” Toscani
Photo by Don Lipps - Great Blue Heron by Jonathan Kamrath
Photo by Don Lipps – Great Blue Heron by Jonathan Kamrath
Photo by Don Lipps - Portal Paraboloid by Greg Mueller
Photo by Don Lipps – Portal Paraboloid by Greg Mueller
Photo by Don Lipps - Light of the Sea by the Janesville, Waldorf, Pemberton (JWP) High School Advanced Metal Sculpture Class
Photo by Don Lipps – Light of the Sea by the Janesville, Waldorf, Pemberton (JWP) High School Advanced Metal Sculpture Class
Photo by Don Lipps - Detail from Harmony by Mark Hall
Photo by Don Lipps – Detail from Harmony by Mark Hall
Photo by Don Lipps - Detail from We Can Do It! by Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby
Photo by Don Lipps – Detail from We Can Do It! by Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby
Photo by Don Lipps - Detail from Buffalo Soldier by Bobbie Carlyle
Photo by Don Lipps – Detail from Buffalo Soldier by Bobbie Carlyle
Photo by Don Lipps - You by Martin Leenhouts
Photo by Don Lipps – You by Martin Leenhouts

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  • Don Lipps

    is a long-time resident of Mankato and North Mankato. He's been doing web development almost as long as there has been a web.