Lanesboro Arts organizational assistant with local youth at a 2015 Surprise Sculpture session at Sylvan Park.

Surprise sculptures bloom again


A train sculpture created by 2015 Surprise Sculpture participants installed on the bike path in Lanesboro.
A train sculpture created by 2015 Surprise Sculpture participants installed on the bike path in Lanesboro.

Returning for its fourth summer, the Surprise Sculpture program of Lanesboro Arts will offer an opportunity for kids and adults to participate in weekly collaborative arts creation. Surprise Sculpture will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 12-2 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre from June 21 to July 26, 2016.

The program is free and no registration is necessary; people may drop in and attend one or more sessions whenever their schedule permits. Bring a sack lunch! Each class will begin with brainstorming and a description of the steps needed to complete the project, during which time students can eat together (lemonade provided). Each week, with the guidance of Lanesboro Arts staff and volunteers, students will work together to create different large sculpture projects using recycled and upcycled materials. At the end of each session, students will help to place the sculptures at various locations in Lanesboro, left there to “surprise” public audiences.

The Surprise Sculpture experience is a blast for kids, allowing them to show their artistic sides and teaching them to give back to the community. “I like it,” said Ellie Anderson who participated in 2015 Surprise Sculpture sessions. “I never had anything like this at my old school.” Likewise, Bailey Erwin, another 2015 Surprise Sculpture participant, said of the experience, “I like it because I get to make stuff and find things out. [The train sculpture was] my favorite one because I can paint.”

Lanesboro Arts’ mission is to serve as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro. For more information about Surprise Sculpture contact Kara at 507-467-2446 or visit


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